Relationship Between Gender and Work

Gender and Sexuality / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Examines history of gender-based work; labor in post-industrial society; challenges to traditional divisions of labor; impact of two-income family.

In order to explore the relationship between gender and work, it is essential to define the fundamental difference between sex and gender. Sex refers to the biological distinctions between male and female based on reproductive organs and functions. On the other hand, gender is a social construct that reflects the interaction between biology and sociological factors such as class, culture, race and the individual. Coltrane and Collins delineate the difference between the two terms clearly in Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender reminds us that the social roles of being male and female are largely produced by the culture, while sex refers…

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