Barbara Risman

LAS Distinguished Professor of Socioloigy


Barbara Risman (Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC)

Changes in society have erased boundaries and standard definitions of gender, marriage and family.

Sociologist Barbara Risman explores the contemporary meanings of each through her research on gender politics in families, teen sexuality and gender relations, and feminist activism.

Using her theory of gender as a social structure, her latest book, “Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure,” provides insight into the minds of today’s young adults to uncover the strategies they use to negotiate the unsettled gender norms and expectations facing their generation.

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