Ferree’s work is particularly focused on political discourses: how issues are framed and what difference that makes for public policy. This has involved comparisons between US political issues and engagements and those in Germany, especially with regard to gender and family policies such as gender mainstreaming, women in science, daddy leaves, sick leaves, violence against women and women in politics. She has also worked on abortion politics in both countries in some detail and has participated in local-level civic debates about reproductive rights. The intersections between gender politics and race, class and sexuality politics are something Ferree has especially considered: what makes “family values” a contentious claim in the US? Why is gender like race in the US and like class in Germany? Why is gay marriage less contentious in Europe but gay parenting more so?
Provides an introduction to the sociology of gender. Answers questions students usually bring to the course in readable chapters that are packed with the most up-to-date scholarship available. Uses memorable examples mined from pop culture, history, psychology, biology, and everyday life to truly engage students in the study of gender and spark interest in sociological perspectives.