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An accessible, timely, and stimulating introduction to the sociology of gender,The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities, 5th edition provides a comprehensive analysis of key ideas, theories, and applications in this field. In this anthology, top scholars explain how the complex, evolving pattern of gender is constructed interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally and challenges students to question how gender shapes their daily lives. Editors Joan Spade and Kay Valentine balance contemporary contributions to the field while incorporating classical and theoretical arguments to provide a broad framework. Many of the selections have a cross-cultural focus, or examine the intersection between gender and other statuses. Each chapter opens with a long, introductory section that contextualizes the readings in that chapter.