The first gender reader in UK to focus on sociological perspectives, this book offers students an informed overview of some of the most significant sociological work on gender produced over the last three decades. Edited by leading authorities, the readings cover both theoretical and empirical work representing a range of perspectives, and each section includes segments addressing the intersection of gender with differences of 'race', class and sexuality. Forty-eight readings are organised into six sections: * gender and knowledge * class, gender and the labour market * paid and unpaid work * marriage and intimate relationships * gendered embodiment. In order to guide students through the issues, the book has a substantial critical introduction exploring the history of sociological analyses of gender, as well as introductions to each section, editorial commentary on the readings themselves, suggestions for further reading and questions for discussion. Clearly and concisely written, this comprehensive reader is a valuable reference source for students of sociology, gender and women's studies.