Gendering Women

Identity and Mental Wellbeing through the Lifecourse

Suzanne Clisby and Julia Holdsworth

Gendering Women

Suzanne Clisby and Julia Holdsworth

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847426765 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847426772 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Engaging and accessible, Gendering Women explores the constructions of femininity and how they fundamentally affect women’s mental well being through the lifecourse. Drawing on accounts from women of growing up and growing older in the north of England, the book shows how experiences of becoming and being a woman—in family life, education, employment, motherhood, and in the presence of violence—both enable and erode self-confidence and self-esteem. The volume draws a critical link between contemporary gender theory and the lived experiences of women today and will appeal to students and scholars in sociology and the broader social sciences.
About the authors

1. Gendering, inequalities, and the limits of policy
2. Gendering women’s minds: identity, confidence and mental wellbeing
3. Gendering girls, gendering boys: identities in process
4. Gendering and engendering violence in women’s everyday lives
5. Gendering education: the paradox of success versus status
6. Gendering reproduction: women’s experiences of motherhood and mental wellbeing
7. Gendering women’s labour: status, esteem and inequality in paid and unpaid work
8. Conclusions: The embodied infrastructure of women’s spaces, gender awareness, and the capacity for change

Review Quotes
Kathleen Lennon, University of Hull

“Utterly timely. Challenging discourses of post feminism, this book returns us to the voices of women on the lived realities of their everyday lives. Highly recommended.”

Victoria Robinson, Sheffield University

​ ​"A well written and timely book on the important issue of women’s identity and mental illness, across the life course, which will interest those researching in diverse disciplines."

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