Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure

ISBN : 9780199324392

Barbara J. Risman
376 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Are today's young adults gender rebels or returning to tradition? In Where the Millennials Will Take Us, Barbara J. Risman reveals the diverse strategies youth use to negotiate the ongoing gender revolution. Using her theory of gender as a social structure, Risman analyzes life history interviews with a diverse set of Millennials to probe how they understand gender and how they might change it. Some are true believers that men and women are essentially different and should be so. Others are innovators, defying stereotypes and rejecting sexist ideologies and organizational practices. Perhaps new to this generation are gender rebels who reject sex categories, often refusing to present their bodies within them and sometimes claiming genderqueer identities. And finally, many youths today are simply confused by all the changes swirling around them. As a new generation contends with unsettled gender norms and expectations, Risman reminds us that gender is much more than an identity; it also shapes expectations in everyday life, and structures the organization of workplaces, politics, and, ideology. To pursue change only in individual lives, Risman argues, risks the opportunity to eradicate both gender inequality and gender as a primary category that organizes social life.


Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Gender as a Social Structure; Chapter 3: Millennials As Emerging Adults; Chapter 4: Getting the Stories: Data Collection and Methodology; Chapter 5: The True Believers; Chapter 6: The Innovators; Chapter 7: The Rebels; Chapter 8: The Straddlers; Chapter 9: Bringing Gender into the Emerging Adulthood Literature: Where do the Millennials Stand?; Chapter 10: Getting to a Utopian World Beyond Gender; Bibliography; Appendix 1: Growing Up in the 21st Century: Interview Schedule; Appendix 2: Coding Scheme: Gender Structure Themes


Barbara J. Risman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and editor of Families as They Really Are.