Department of Sociology AS 350, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York 12159; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Sociological Society Presidential Address: Globalizing Gender Issues: Many Voices, Different Choices1
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2011
© 2011 Eastern Sociological Society
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 739–753, December 2011
How to Cite
Bose, C. E. (2011), Eastern Sociological Society Presidential Address: Globalizing Gender Issues: Many Voices, Different Choices. Sociological Forum, 26: 739–753. doi: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2011.01280.x
An earlier version of this article was presented as the Presidential Address at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. I owe an enormous debt of thanks to the Program Committee, chaired by Gwen Moore, and the Program Scheduling Committee, under the guidance of Sehwa Lee and Nicole LaMarre; to Karen Hansen and Robert Zussman, the coordinators of the Author-Meets-the-Critic Sessions; to the many creators of the conference’s Thematic Sessions, Conversations, and Workshops; and to the organizers of our seven stimulating mini-conferences, for their collective intellectual vision and hard work. The exciting conference could not have been held without the advice and support of Executive Officer, Emily Mahon. Finally, I am grateful to Edna Acosta-Belén, Myra Marx Ferree, and Minjeong Kim for their generous and useful commentaries on drafts of this article.
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2011
- feminist research;
- gender inequality;
- property ownership;
- transnational studies
Why are the important gender inequality issues different in various countries around the world? This question is answered using a comparative perspective on extant research about gender inequalities in the regions of the world. Just as there is diversity among individual women, based on their intersecting axes of age, race, ethnicity, class, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or other characteristics, I argue that there is diversity across countries in their gender inequalities based on intersecting axes of transnational, regional, cross-cutting, and unique national issues that structure gendered or feminist concerns within any country. Global and regional dynamics are the interrelated foundations on which broad gender inequalities are built. Major transnational dynamics include neoliberal economics, migration, and violence, while regional patterns include nation building and gendered inequalities in education and property ownership. On the other hand, unique national trajectories and cross-cutting themes, found in a few nations in each region, add much greater variation to those basic inequalities. Some of those cross-cutting themes are problems generated by health status and health services, the relationship of religion to the state, and war or militarism.