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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Where Will the Millennials Take Us? A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure

27th February 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Professor Barbara Risman (University of Illinois)


This lecture offers a framework for understanding what gender means beyond merely a person’s identity. Professor Risman will present her theoretical framework for analyzing gender as a social structure introducing a set of revisions to the original argument. She identifies how gender as a social structure shapes individuals, interactional expectations and the macro level or organizational design and ideology. Professor.Risman identifies the material and cultural aspects of the gender structure and show why it matters to differentiate them. Professor Risman uses this theoretical perspective to help understand the strategies American Millennials use to negotiate the gender structure. The data presented are data based on life history interviews with a majority minority gender diverse sample of urban Millennials from the Chicago area. A major theme is the diversity among this generation: Millennials can vary from being “true believers” in essential gender differences to rebelling against gender categories themselves. Gender remains a constraining stratification system for today’s young adults. The lecture ends with a call for a fourth wave of feminism that goes beyond eradicating sexism to ending gender as a social structure itself. Professor Risman argues a truly just world requires a post-gender social structure.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Professor Barbara Risman

Directions to St Mary's College

Map - St Mary's College is denoted as building No: 10



Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.