Originally published in 1993. The essays in this book collectively seek to illuminate the role of communication and sex-role socialization throughout the life cycle. Section 1 addresses some important issues and behaviours that have an impact on the beginnings of the socialization process. Section 2 covers socialization later on in relationships, the workplace and the political arena while section 3 looks at manifestations of socialization through communication strategies and skills. Finally section 4 addresses ways to alter socialization through instructional practices in higher education.
The approach to studying sex-role socialization varies by perspective and methodology and conclusions are interpreted in diverse ways but the results have been very similar and the research in this volume shows that the socialization of males and females continues to reinforce male dominance despite women’s advancement toward equal status in society. This work is of interest in the fields of sociology, psychology, anthropology and women’s studies as well as communication.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: The Beginnings of Sex-Role Socialization 1. Section Introduction 2. Women and Power in the Caldecott and Newberry Winners, 1980-1990 Pamela Cooper 3. Girl’s and Boys’ Activity Patterns in Family Leisure Settings David C. Lundgren and Amy Cassedy 4. Girls’ and Boys’ Views of Body Types Judi Beinstein Miller, Elizabeth Ashby Plant, and Elizabeth Hanke 5. Commentary Beth J. Haslett Part 2: Contexts of Socialization 6. Section Introduction Part 2.1: In Relationships 7. Joys and Sorrows: Young Adults’ Construction of Relationships with Mothers and Fathers Judi Bernstein Miller and Mary Lane 8. Gender Roles and Family Functioning: Gender Differences in Farm Marriages Daniel J. Weigel and Randy R. Weigel 9. Commentary Lisa Merrill Part 2.2: In the Workplace 9. Assessing the Impact of Gender-Role Socialization on Issues of Power and Influence in the Workplace David W. Schlueter and J. Kevin Barge 10. Intimate Office Relationships and Their Impact on Work Group Communication Sue DeWine, Judy C. Pearson, and Christine Yost 11. Talk at the Top: Topics at Lunch Alice H. Deakins 12. Feminization of Public Relations: The Relationship of Sex, Job Titles, and Status Perceptions of the Field Marjorie Keeshan Nadler and Lawrence B. Nadler 13. Commentary John Parrish Sprowl Part 2.3: In the Political Arena 14. The Rhetoric of Victimage: Women’s Movement Leaders Respond to the Defeat of the ERA Dayle C. Hardy-Short 15. When the Candidate is a Woman: The Content and Form of Televised Negative Advertising Judith S. Trent and Teresa Chandler Sabourin 16. Commentary Janice E. Schuetz Part 3: Manifestations of Socialization 17. Section Introduction Part 3.1: Through Communication Strategies and Skills 18. Academic Self-Concept, Gender Orientation, and Communication Apprehension in Adolescents Deborah S. Ballard-Reisch and David R. Seibert 19. Gender and Function-Oriented Discourse in Small Groups: In Examination of Problem-Solving Processes and Outcomes Elizabeth E. Graham and Michael J. Papa 20. The Role of Gender in Mediation: An Examination from a Communication Perspective B. Christine Shea 21. Perceived Managerial Communication Skills of Three Groups of Women: Volunteer Leaders, Executives, and Aspirants to Leadership Phyllis R. Randall and Mary Elizabeth Jarrard 22. Commentary Melanie Booth-Butterfield Part 3.2: Through Discourse 23. What’s a Woman to Do: Women Managers and Relational Discourse Strategies Linda A. M. Perry 24. Women’s Talk: A Cooperative Discourse J. C. Condravy 25. Birthing: Women Owning Their Stories Helen M. Sterk and Karen J. Sterk 26. Commentary Constance Courtney Staley Part 4: Altering Socialization Through Instructional Practices 27. Section Introduction 28. Maximising Gender Sensitivity in the Basic Course Richard West and Roberta A. Davilla 29. Integrating Gender Issues in the Interpersonal Communication Classroom: Reclaiming Women’s Talk Lynn H. Turner 30. A Feminist Approach to Integrating Gender Issues in the Intercultural Communication Classroom Victoria Leto DeFrancisco 31. Feminist Approaches to Organizational Communication Instruction Patricia M. Buzzanell 32. Commentary Judy C. Pearson