Join us for the launch celebration for Where the Millennials Will Take Us by Barbara J. Risman.
In Where the Millennials Will Take Us, Barbara Risman takes readers inside the minds of today’s young adults, showing the great diversity of their strategies for negotiating the gender revolution. Using her theory of gender as a social structure, Risman analyzes life history interviews with Chicagoland Millennials. Some in this sample are true believers that men and women are essentially different and should be so. Others are gender innovators, defying stereotypes themselves, and rejecting sexist ideologies and organizational practices. Perhaps new to this generation are the gender rebels who reject sex categories themselves, claiming the identity of genderqueer. And finally there are those who are simply confused by all the changes around them. There is no one typical Millennial. These interviews show how dramatically gender still constrains life in America. Barbara Risman concludes with a call for a fourth wave of feminism to eradicate not only sexism but also the gender structure itself.
Barbara J. Risman is a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was also a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at St. Mary’s College, Durham University in 2018. She is a former Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She has published in a variety of journals including Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Annual Review of Sociology, Sex Roles, American Sociological Review, Signs, and Journal of Family Theory. Her awards include the 2011 American Sociological Association’s Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology and the 2005 Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. Barbara Risman is currently President of the Board of Directors of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national non-profit whose mission is to bring new research to public conversation. She has recently finished terms as President of the Southern Sociological Society and Vice-President of the American Sociological Association.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.