The Social Construction of Status Value: Gender and Other Nominal Characteristics

@article{Ridgeway1991TheSC,
  title={The Social Construction of Status Value: Gender and Other Nominal Characteristics},
  author={Cecilia L. Ridgeway},
  journal={Social Forces},
  year={1991},
  volume={70},
  pages={367-386}
}
  • C. Ridgeway
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • Economics
  • Social Forces
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