Gender Equality: Past, Present and Future Perspectives


Henri Morel (Editor)

Series: Gender Issues and Challenges

BISAC: SOC032000

While much work has been done over the past few decades to ensure that men and women receive equal treatment in societies around the world, much more work must be done before the ideal of egalitarianism can be fully realized. This book examines the history and current status of gender equality in a variety of social contexts and proposes visions of potential future outcomes that address the systemic problems related to gender. Chapter One addresses work-care conflicts in post-industrialized societies and their effects on men, women, and children. Chapter Two includes an in-depth examination of various studies revealing biases, prejudiced thinking, cultural barriers, and the challenges that lie ahead as the global workplace evolves. Chapter Three discusses the difference between gender equality and gender equity, the policies that aim at gender equity and equality in Latin America, and the importance of policies that consider gender, race, and social class from the perspective of decolonial feminism. Chapter Four describes progressive Islamic thought related to gender justice, specifically in connection with the work done by Sa’diyya Shaikh, a professor of religious studies. Chapter Five applies the sociology of social problems to elucidate the seemingly intractable character of men’s sexual harassment of women. Chapter Six explores the status of gender mainstreaming implementation in university teaching in Greek physical education and sport science faculties. Chapter Seven emphasizes the need for integrating sustainability competencies for gender equality into teacher education programs. Finally, Chapter Eight highlights the difficulties faced by adolescents who in some countries are expected to make career decisions at as young as 14 years old, and how insecurities and gender stereotypes factor into these children’s decisions.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Circular Economy – Circular Lives: Sustainable Living for Men, Women and Children
(Tone Schou Wetlesen – Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Chapter 2. Challenges for Gender Equality in the Workplace: Acknowledging the Past and Embracing the Future of Work in a Smart Technology World
(Szufang Chuang, Jason C. Dean and Carroll M. Graham – Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana)

Chapter 3. Gender Equity and Equality in the Promotion of Female Representation: Actions and Policies
(Susane Petinelli-Souza – Federal University of Espirito Santo, Vitória, Brazil)

Chapter 4. Sa’diyya Shaikh’s Progressive Islamic Thought and the Islamic Perspective
(Indriaty Ismail, Nozira Salleh, and Siti Nurul Atiqah Mohd Nawawi – Theology and Philosophy Research Center, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia)

Chapter 5. Sexual Harassment: Deploying ‘Respect’ and ‘Leadership’ to Maintain Men’s Abuse of Women
(S. Fisher – Department of Public Health, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia)

Chapter 6. The Invisibility of Gender Equality Training into the University Science of Physical Activity and Sports Curriculum in Greece
(Ioanna Kitta and M. Cristina Cardona-Moltó – University Institute for Gender Studies Research, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)

Chapter 7. Assessing Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Self-Efficacy for a Sustainable Gender Equality Practice: A Case Study in Spain
(Cristina Miralles-Cardona, María-Cristina Cardona-Moltó, and Esther Chiner – University Institute for Gender Studies Research, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)

Chapter 8. Career Decisions at the Age of 14!? Perspectives of and Support for Young Adolescents Considering an Apprenticeship
(Silke Luttenberger, Manuela Paechter and Bernhard Ertl – Institute of Practical Education and Action Research, University College of Teacher Education Styria, Graz, Austria, et al.)


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