Sex Roles, Vol. 42, Nos. 3/4, 2000
Gender, culture and ethnicity: Current research about women and men.
L. A. Peplau, R. C. Venigas, and P. L. Taylor, Eds. Mountainview,
CA: Mayﬁeld Publishing, 1999, 368 pp., $29.95 (paperback).
Race, class and gender: Common bonds, different voices. E. N. Chow,
D. Wilkinson, and M. Baca Zinn, Eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Publications, 1996, 432 pp., $29.95 (paperback).
As the projected demographics of our nation shift over the coming decades,
professionals in numerous ﬁelds are being called upon to consider the ways
in which race, ethnicity, and gender shape our lives. By ‘‘our lives,’’ I
mean the lives of both minority and majority group members; undoubtedly,
systems of power which beneﬁt one group over another effect us all. These
systems of power represent complex constellations of factors. One cannot
say gender alone shapes our experiences as men and women. Instead numer-
ous factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class
simultaneously form systems of power and meaning. It is these interactive
systems which shape our experience.
The present volumes each represents a compilation of active voices
within the discussion of these systems. The ﬁrst, Gender, culture and eth-
nicity, is a collection of articles written from a psychological perspective.
The second, Race, class, and gender, takes a more sociological approach to
the intersection of gender and cultural factors. Together, they paint a picture
of how racial, socioeconomic, and gender differences converge to shape
social structures and how these structures in turn inﬂuence behavior and
In Race, class, and gender, the third Sage reader sponsored by Sociolo-
gists for Women in Society (SWS), many of the articles have been drawn
from the journal Gender & Society. The authors have designed the volume
with a broad audience in mind including students, professionals, and the
public at large. Segment descriptions preceding each part of the book offer
digestible summaries to aid the reader in placing the articles within a
broader intellectual framework. While the nature of the language utilized
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