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Framed by GenderHow Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World$
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Cecilia L. Ridgeway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755776.001.0001

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The Puzzle Of Persistence

The Puzzle Of Persistence

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(p.3) Chapter 1 The Puzzle Of Persistence
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Framed by Gender
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Cecilia L. Ridgeway (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755776.003.0001

This chapter poses the problem of the persistence of gender inequality in the face of leveling forces in the contemporary United States. It proposes the use of gender as a primary cultural frame for social relations as a general mechanism by which gender inequality is re-created in the face of transformations in the social and economic arrangements upon which that inequality seems, at any given point, to depend. It develops tools for thinking about contemporary changes in gender inequality. These conceptualize gender inequality as rooted in widely shared gender status beliefs whose persistence depends on inequalities between men and women in positions of power and resources. The relation of the proposed argument to questions about biological determinism is briefly considered.

Keywords:   gender inequality, status beliefs, power, resources, biological determinism, persistence of inequality, cultural frame

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