Gender, Power, and Communication in Human Relationships

By Pamela J. Kalbfleisch; Michael J. Cody | Go to book overview
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Preface

There is power in a word or a gesture. There is power when women and men live together, work together, talk together, or are simply in each other's company. There is power in a smile, a caress, and there is power in sex.

There is power in money, there is power in education, and there is power in access. In some situations, who you know can matter more than what you know. Who you can know may affect what you can become.

There is power in a fist, a gun, and anger. There is power in how we choose to resolve our conflicts, and how we negotiate the most intimate aspects of our lives.

There is power in how we are portrayed in our music and our media; power in what we read, what we see, and what we hear. There is power in how we treat each other both as intimates and as strangers.

As much as we are bound in our society by the ways things are, we are equally drawn to the way things ought to be. This text provides an opportunity to look into the past and to draw conclusions about the future.

This edited book establishes a state of the art perspective on theory and research on gender, power, and communication in human relationships. In one volume are both theoretical essays and review chapters that address issues relevant to female and male differences in power, dominance, communication, equality, and expectations/beliefs. All contributors to this volume share two commonalities. First, each contributor provides a 1990s assessment of power and equality in female and male relationships. Second, each contributor reviews respective programs of research and focuses attention on the relevance of this research on understanding the relationships of women and men.

This volume is unique because it incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gender and the communication of power in human relationships. This book provides both scholastic breadth and centralized treatment of issues that form

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