The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender

The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender

The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender

The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender

Synopsis

Numerous publications have addressed gender issues from a social or a developmental psychological perspective. This volume breaks new ground in advancing a genuine synthesis of theory and research from these two disciplines. Building on the premise that a full understanding of the multifaceted nature of gender can be achieved only through a wider focus on processes of development and social influence, the contributors examine theoretical approaches to gender development and socialization, gender categorization and interpersonal behavior, and group-level and cultural forces that affect gender socialization and behavior. The book will be of interest to students and professionals in social psychology, developmental psychology, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, and educational psychology.

Excerpt

Gender research is currently one of the most active and dynamic areas in developmental and social psychology. Since the early 1970s there has been a tremendous increase in the understanding of gender and gender-related phenomena. The advances that have been made in theory and methodology, as well as the insights gained from myriads of empirical studies, are undoubtedly impressive. Yet, from its inception, the field has remained fragmented, making developmental and social psychological approaches to gender look like artificial divisions of a common subject matter. What's even worse, the relation between both psychological subdisciplines at times resembles well-documented effects of in-group/out-group differentiation: New approaches, concepts, and findings presented by in-group members are received with approval, whereas similarly important contributions to the same topic made by out-group members are largely ignored or overlooked. This volume is intended to overcome this unfortunate situation.

The time has come to strive for a synthesis of developmental and social psychology in pursuit of a common goal -- the study of gender as a social category. In order to better understand the multifaceted and multidimensional nature of gender it seems necessary to take up and analyze issues at the intersection of both psychological disciplines, highlighting the interrelationships between developmental and social processes rather than looking at either kind of process in isolation. The objective of this book, then, is to provide a forum for setting out and elaborating an integrative perspective on gender and to offer a coherent counterpoint to the timehonored separation of gender research along disciplinary lines. Each chapter is intended to bring together relevant research and theory from both social and developmental psychology, thus attesting to the versatility of crossing disciplinary lines and, at the same time, providing fertile grounds for future cross-disciplinary research.

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