The book is an original contribution to the speculation, setting out for the primary time a systematic framework for the social analysis of gender and sexuality. It’s written with a clarity and scope that also make it useful as an introductory textbook sexual politics.
The book reviews theories of gender from feminism to psychoanalysis, sex role theory, and sociobiology. It maps the structure of gender relations in latest life and in history; proposes a new option to femininity and masculinity; and offers a wide-ranging analysis of sexual politics and the dynamics of change, from working-class feminism to the dilemmas of the “men’s movement.”
Connell has produced an enormous work of synthesis and scholarship so that it will be of unique value to students and professionals in sociology, politics, psychology, women’s studies, gay studies, and to someone focused on sexual politics.