P1: Vendor/LZR P2: FLF Sex Roles [sers] PP023-290882 December 2, 2000 11:29 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999 Sex Roles, Vol. 43, Nos. 5/6, 2000 Book Review Gender and Institutions: Welfare, Work and Citizenship. Moira Gatens and Alison Mackinnon, Eds., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999, 214 pp., $64.95 (hardcover) With few exceptions, research in feminist theory has often treated insti- tutions as an afterthought. This book is a welcome departure from this trend. It is an interdisciplinary collection of articles that are products of Australian social scientists’ Reshaping Australian Institutions project. While the focus of the book is ostensibly Australia, the articles provide a broad approach to institutional analysis which will appeal to social scientists in many countries and disciplines. The book develops a feminist institutionalist approach to sex roles and social institutions. Social institutions are deﬁned as stable recurrent pat- terns of behavior that coordinate and constrain the behavior of individuals through the generation of expectations for norms of behavior (p. 3). Feminist institutionalists use the institution of gender norms as an analytical frame- work; gender norms govern and deﬁne sex roles, much like other social insti- tutions develop constraints on individual behaviors. Though the authors here follow
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