The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

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The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often results from conversations about gender.
This edition features:
• Updated references, data, resources, and examples, especially in relation to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity (e.g., gay marriage, transgender/cisgender)
• A glossary of terms
• A new chapter, "What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence," that provides an extended analysis of the causes of men's violence as a patriarchal phenomenon 
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ISBN-13: 9781439911846
ISBN-10: 1439911843
Pagini: 322
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.46 kg
Ediția: 3rd Edition
Editura: Temple University Press
Colecția Temple University Press


"The Gender Knot illuminates vast areas of previously unexamined and unnamed effects of 'power over' social systems, and provides a beacon of hope and a message of courage. This book is brilliant and life-changing"-Judith V Jordan, Ph.D., Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized sociologist, nonfiction author, novelist, and public speaker best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression, especially in relation to gender and race. He is the author of numerous books, including Privilege, Power, and Difference. His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. Visit him online at and follow his blog at


Part I | What Is This Thing Called Patriarchy?
1 Where Are We? 
2 Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us
3 Why Patriarchy? 
4 Ideology, Myth, and Magic: Femininity, Masculinity, and ‘Gender Roles’ 
5 Feminists and Feminism 
Part II | Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change
6 Thinking about Patriarchy: War, Sex, and Work 
7 What Patriarchy? 
8 It Must Be Women 
Part III | Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy
9 Shame, Guilt, and Responsibility 
10 What Changes and What Does Not: Manhood and Violence 
11 What Can We Do? Unraveling the Gender Knot 
 Appendix: Resources for Unraveling the Knot