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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1000
Professor
Brueggemann
Semester
Spring

Description
Unit 2 – 2/26/2014 Gender is a socially constructed concept, constructed through social, political, economic,  and cultural experiences in a given society ­In describing gender we typically use the modifiers “feminine” and “masculine”  which refer to the physical, behavioral, and mental/emotional traits we assign  according to sex Gender as a social structure: ­According to Judith Lorber, gender is an institution that is embedded in all the  social processes in everyday life and social organizations. ­Martin adds that such structures/institutions are also embedded within the  individual. ­Gender not only constrains individuals’ actions but also encourages “gendered”  actions. Not only are career paths already gendered, but because gender is a social structure  already embedded in the individual, we are likely to make options supporting the  established gender system. Thinking about how society is structured, we can see that one of the ways society is  organized is around the concept of gender. Gender can also be th
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