International Handbook on Gender Roles

International Handbook on Gender Roles

International Handbook on Gender Roles

International Handbook on Gender Roles

Synopsis

This valuable and unique reference surveys and synthesizes information on gender roles in more than thirty countries from around the world. Each chapter is devoted to a single country, and the chapters are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of use. All of the chapters are written from the perspective of experts who have lived and worked in the countries profiled. To foster cross-national comparisons, each chapter follows the same format, including an introduction and contextual overview; gender roles in infancy and childhood, school years, young adulthood, adulthood, and old age; and a summary and conclusions. The design of the chapters traces the development of gender roles across the life-cycle and affords an additional opportunity for comparing data. This reference will be of interest to anyone concerned with gender issues, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

Excerpt

The International Handbook on Gender Roles is a unique reference volume that not only serves scientists and professionals in a variety of disciplines but also is a valuable source of information to cross-cultural psychologists in academia, as well as in research at the library and in the field. It will inspire students to continue their studies and make further inquiries. In addition, the nonprofessional individual will find this volume good and interesting reading.

Each chapter is devoted to a particular country, and the chapters are arranged alphabetically for ease of use. The volume contains reports on representative countries from six continents. This International Handbook represents a great opportunity to compare men and women in a variety of ecologies. Each of the thirty-one chapters follows the same organization: an introduction; an overview; comparisons of life cycles between men's and women's gender roles: (1) infancy and early childhood, (2) school years, (3) young adulthood, (4) adulthood, and (5) old age; and a summary and conclusions. For each of these categories a short guideline elaborates on the contents to assure easy comparisons later on. While presenting the gender roles in a life-span developmental sequence, each chapter is written from an authentic emic (insider's) point of view. All the authors report about the countries and cultures where they lived and worked, which is the unique approach of this reference volume. On the other hand, the readers have an etic (outsider's) point of view when they compare the gender roles in the countries and cultures about which they read. The exposition of the life-styles follows a truly cross-cultural and cross-national approach. In addition to the same outline for all thirty-one chapters, the layout follows an orthogonal presentation, in which the reader can compare separate sections within each chapter, or else the reader can compare and analyze various topics or age groups among several chapters.

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