Part of Thames & Hudson’s innovative new ‘Big Idea’ series, this intelligent, stimulating book assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture and sexuality, and reveals how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries
Why is it that some people experience such dissonance between their biological sex and their inner identity? Is gender something we are or something we do? Are the traditional binary male and female gender roles relevant in an increasingly fluid and flexible world?
This perceptive, stimulating volume assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture and sexuality, and reveals how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries.
'Crams so much detail into one book … while never feeling like an academic text. Frankly, all non-fiction books should be this gorgeously illustrated … this may well be the first book on gender that’s also a coffee table book' DIVA
'A kind of choose-your-own-adventure using fonts: paragraphs are set in type of differing sizes depending on their importance' The Bookseller
Introduction • 1. Gender as an Expression of Biological Sex • 2. Gender as a Social Construct • 3. Gender Diversity • 4. Gender Activism • Conclusion
About the Author
Sally Hines is Professor of Sociology and Gender Identities at the University of Leeds, where she was also Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from 2009 to 2014.
Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the RSA, a 250-year old British institution devoted to enriching society through ideas and action to deliver a 21st-century enlightenment. A writer, public speaker and broadcaster, he has written widely on policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory, and frequently appears on Newsnight, The Daily Politics, and Radio 4’s Today and The Moral Maze. He was previously General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading think tank.