Doing Gender

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The purpose of this article is to advance a new understanding of gender as a routine
accomplishment embedded in everyday interaction. To do so entails a critical
assessment of existing perspectives on sex and gender and the introduction of
important distinctions among sex, sex category, and gender. We argue that recognition
of the analytical independence of these concepts is essential for understanding the
interactional work involved in being a gendered person in society. The thrust of our
remarks is toward theoretical reconceptualization, but we consider fruitful directions
for empirical research that are indicated by our formulation.

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