Spring 2014

Gender and Work

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-237


Eunmi Mun (Section 01)


(Offered as SOCI 237 and WAGS 237.)  How has the rise of working women complicated modern workplaces and the idea of work? One challenge is how to value women’s work fairly. One index of this challenge is that in workplaces across the world, women earn significantly less than men and are underrepresented in high status positions. What explains such gender gaps in the workplace? Taking an empirical, social-science perspective, this course will discuss three main aspects of gender and work. First, we will cover major theories of gender inequality, such as psychological stereotyping, social exclusion, structural barriers, and gendered socialization. Second, in learning about the sociological mechanisms of inequality in the workplace, we will expand our discussion to women’s work in the family and examine how the conflicts individuals face when trying to have both career and family influence women’s lives. Finally, we will discuss the mixed results of public policies proposed to reduce gender inequality and work-family incompatibilities and the possible reasons for those mixed results.

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Mun.

SOCI 237 - L/D

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110
W 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Men and Women of the Corporation Rosabeth Kanter Amherst Books TBD
Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during WWII Ruth Milkman Amherst Books TBD
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work Arlie Hochschild Amherst Books TBD
Competing Devotions: Career and Family Among Women Executives Mary Blair-Loy Amherst Books TBD
Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home Pamela Stone Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015