© 2018

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender

  • Barbara J. Risman
  • Carissa M. Froyum
  • William J. Scarborough
  • Comprehensive in its coverage of theory and research applications

  • Provides the most current and up-to-date information on the state of gender inequality and the scholarship of it

  • Synthesizes the diverse field of gender scholarship into a cohesive theoretical framework of gender structure theory


Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theoretical and Epistemological Context

  3. The Individual Level of Analysis in the Gender Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Heidi M. Gansen, Karin A. Martin
      Pages 83-93
    3. Katherine Mason
      Pages 95-107
    4. Shannon N. Davis, Alysia Blake
      Pages 109-118
    5. Natalie N. Castañeda, Carla A. Pfeffer
      Pages 119-130
    6. Verna M. Keith, Diane R. Brown
      Pages 131-142
    7. James W. Messerschmidt
      Pages 143-153
  4. The Interactional Level of Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Susan R. Fisk, Cecilia L. Ridgeway
      Pages 157-171
    3. Jocelyn A. Hollander
      Pages 173-184
    4. Koji Chavez, Adia Harvey Wingfield
      Pages 185-197
    5. Kristen Myers
      Pages 199-214
  5. The Macro Level of Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215

About this book


This handbook provides a comprehensive view of the field of the sociology of gender. It presents the most important theories about gender and methods used to study gender, as well as extensive coverage of the latest research on gender in the most important areas of social life, including gendered bodies, sexuality, carework, paid labor, social movements, incarceration, migration, gendered violence, and others. Building from previous publications this handbook includes a vast array of chapters from leading researchers in the sociological study of gender. It synthesizes the diverse field of gender scholarship into a cohesive theoretical framework, gender structure theory, in order to position the specific contributions of each author/chapter as part of a complex and multidimensional gender structure. Through this organization of the handbook, readers do not only gain tremendous insight from each chapter, but they also attain a broader understanding of the way multiple gendered processes are interrelated and mutually constitutive. While the specific focus of the handbook is on gender, the chapters included in the volume also give significant attention to the interrelation of race, class, and other systems of stratification as they intersect and implicate gendered processes.


Cultural Studies Gender Structure Theory Feminist Epistemology Gender and the Global South Individual-Dimension Theory Gender essentialism and Self-Expressive Values Developing Gendered Identities Gender Bias in Modern Workplaces Racializing Gendered Interactions Gender Interactions at Schools Gender and Social Communities Gender and Organizational Theory Sexuality on College Campuses Gender Bodies and Intimate Relationships Sexual Practices across the Life Course Gendered Socialization of Emotions

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara J. Risman
    • 1
  • Carissa M. Froyum
    • 2
  • William J. Scarborough
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA
  3. 3.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

About the editors

Barbara J. Risman is currently a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During 2018, she is a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham University, U.K.  She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor at North Carolina State University. Professor Risman is mostly recently the author of Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Oxford University Press, 2018) and with Virginia Rutter, Families As They Really Are (Norton, 2010, 2015).  Professor Risman has served the profession in a variety of roles, as President of the Southern Sociological Society, Vice-President of the American Sociological Association, President of the Board of Directors for the Council on Contemporary Families, and President of Sociologists for Women in Society. In 2005, Dr. Risman received the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2011, Dr. Risman received the American Sociological Association’s Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. She has also received mentoring awards from Sociologists for Women in Society and from the University of Illinois at Chicago.    

Carissa Froyum is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Northern Iowa. She is co-editor of Inside Social Life (Oxford) and Creating and Contesting Inequalities (Oxford) and former deputy editor of The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her work on how identities and emotions reproduce inequality appears in Qualitative Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, and is forthcoming in Symbolic Interaction.

William J. Scarborough is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the economic and cultural determinants of gender wage gaps across labor markets in the U.S. He has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on issues related to gender and race inequality.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of the Sociology of Gender
  • Editors Barbara J. Risman
    Carissa M. Froyum
    William J. Scarborough
  • Series Title Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hdb of Sociology,Social Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-76332-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09468-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-76333-0
  • Series ISSN 1389-6903
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-839X
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XII, 559
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Gender Studies
    Methodology of the Social Sciences
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
    Social Theory