From Doing To Undoing: Gender as We Know It

  title={From Doing To Undoing: Gender as We Know It},
  author={Barbara J. Risman},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={81 - 84}
  • B. Risman
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Sociology
  • Gender & Society
This symposium honors the importance of "doing gender" (West and Zim erman 1987) as a conceptual contribution to social th ught. I offer a critique not of the original concept but of how it has come to be used or, as I argue, misused. First, the concept has been so integrated into the sociological lexicon that the implicit feminist critique embedded within it sometimes disappears entirely. Second, the feminist use of doing gender has become so diffuse that we have created a tautology: whatever… 

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