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Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction which examines the impact of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on qualities which have come to be defined as masculine or feminine. Highlighting that there is far more to gender than biological sex, it takes a global perspective to examine the interaction between gender and a wide range of topics including:

• Relationships, intimacy and concepts of sexuality

• The workplace and labour markets

• Gender related violence and war

• Public health, poverty and development

• The ageing process

Supporting theory with examples and case studies from a variety of contexts, suggestions for further reading and a detailed glossary, this text is an essential read for anyone approaching the study of gender for the first time.

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