Higher Education

Gendered Lives, 11th Edition

  • Julia T. Wood University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • ISBN-10: 1285075935  |  ISBN-13: 9781285075938
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $129.00
  • Newer Edition Available



Written by leading gender communication scholar Julia T. Wood, GENDERED LIVES, 11E introduces students to theories, research, and pragmatic information, demonstrating the multiple and often interactive ways that one's views of masculinity and femininity are shaped within contemporary culture. With the most up-to-date research, balanced perspectives of masculinity and femininity, a personal introduction to the field, and a conversational first-person writing style, this engaging text encourages students to think critically about gender and society.

Features and Benefits

  • Balanced presentation of men's and women's communication issues includes topics such as the men's movement and a newer initiative called the Good Man Project; men's friendships; father/child relationships, including single fathers; and women's issues concerning family, career, and balance.
  • Coverage of the role of technology in communication, including the increasing use of social media, is integrated throughout the text and includes discussion of the effects of technology on gender communication and the connections between gender and media.
  • “Knowledge Challenge” questions focus on issues that are often misunderstood and are covered in the chapter. These questions help students identify their assumptions about gender, communication, and culture before they begin the chapter.
  • Student commentaries throughout the text vividly illustrate how students relate to gender communication issues.
  • “Exploring Gendered Lives” boxes provide research, current events, and myths for students to explore and conclude by asking students' opinion about issues raised in the feature.
  • Each chapter concludes with questions for thought and discussion. These may be assigned for students to think about or to respond to in journal entries. The questions also may be prompts for class discussion.
  • “Gender Online” invites students to visit websites related to chapter content and to search for videos and information about concepts and ideas in the chapter.
  • Resources at the end of each chapter offer two to four sources-films, articles, and books—so that students can further explore the issue of gender and communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Opening the Conversation.
1. The Study of Communication, Gender, and Culture.
2. Theoretical Approaches to Gender Development.
3. The Rhetorical Shaping of Gender: Competing Images of Women.
4. The Rhetorical Shaping of Gender: Competing Images of Men.
5. Gendered Verbal Communication.
6. Gendered Nonverbal Communication.
7. Becoming Gendered: The Early Years.
8. Gendered Education: Communication in Schools.
9. Gendered Close Relationships.
10. Gendered Organizational Communication.
11. Gendered Media.
12. Gendered Power and Violence.
Epilogue. Looking Backward, Looking Forward.

What's New

  • New topics added to the 11th edition include; the media-fueled controversy over whether women can have it all, transgender issues on campus and beyond, the “glass escalator” that accelerates advancement of men in female-dominated fields, workplace equity for low-wage workers, The Good Man Project, cyberbullying, workplace bullying,and reproductive violence.
  • MORE COVERAGE of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals is included in this edition.
  • THOROUGHLY REVISED Chapter 11 now includes more research, discussion, and examples of mass media, social media, and online environments and a new section on gender and social media.
  • UPDATED research. This edition includes more than 180 new references.

Efficacy and Outcomes


“I really enjoy the way the book is structured. It is easy for the students to follow and understand and is updated on a regular enough basis so that the examples are relevant."

— Kimberly Parker, Bellarmine University

“The book provides a balanced review of the basic perspectives on gender and communication. The practical explanation of the research is excellent. The book provides a nice way to look at the practical application of how communication influences various aspects of students' lives."

— Nancy Tobler, Utah Valley University


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Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1285864158 | ISBN-13: 9781285864150)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Julia T. Wood

Julia Wood joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she was 24. During her 37 years on the faculty, she taught classes and conducted research on personal relationships as well as gender, communication, and culture. She was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. In addition to publishing 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the country. Her accolades include 14 awards honoring her teaching and 16 awards recognizing her scholarship. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.