Gendered Power and Privilege: Taking Lenski One Step Further
Version of Record online: 28 MAY 2004
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 269–277, June 2004
How to Cite
Chafetz, J. S. (2004), Gendered Power and Privilege: Taking Lenski One Step Further. Sociological Theory, 22: 269–277. doi: 10.1111/j.0735-2751.2004.00217.x
- Issue online: 28 MAY 2004
- Version of Record online: 28 MAY 2004
In Power and Privilege, Gerhard Lenski's theory of the evolution of systems of inequality, he showed some recognition of gender inequality but, as universally accepted in sociology at the time, “social” stratification was conceptualized implicitly as inequality between male household heads. To move from this to explaining gender inequality requires consideration of constructs in addition to those developed by Lenski, but in terms of his typology of societies based on technology and size of economic surplus, the level of gender stratification tracks that of “social” stratification and the basic variables he delineates remain centrally important.