This edited volume establishes a state-of-the-art perspective on theory and research on gender, power, and communication in human relationships. Both theoretical essays and review chapters address issues relevant to female and male differences in power, dominance, communication, equality, and expectations/beliefs. All chapter contributors share two commonalities. First, each provides a 1990s assessment of power and equality in female and male relationships. Second, each reviews respective programs of research and focuses attention on the relevance of this research to understanding the relationships of women and men.
Unique because it incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gender and the communication of power in human relationships, this book includes the original work of intellectuals with national and international reputations in the social sciences. The volume provides both scholastic breadth and centralized treatment of issues that form the very foundation of social and personal relationships. It will appeal to scholars working in the disciplines of communication and psychology as well as other areas of social science research.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction and Overview. P.J. Kalbfleisch, M.J. Cody, Power and Communication in the Relationships of Women and Men. Part II: Gender-Based Expectations and Beliefs. N.M. Henley, Body Politics Revisited: What Do We Know Today? J.K. Burgoon, L. Dillman, Gender, Immediacy, and Nonverbal Communication. A. Mulac, J.J. Bradac, Women's Style in Problem Solving Interaction: Powerless, or Simply Feminine? J.T. Spence, C. Buckner, Masculinity and Femininity: Defining the Undefinable. Part III: Women and Men Together. R.K. Reinholtz, C.L. Muehlenhard, J.L. Phelps, A.T. Satterfield, Sexual Discourse and Sexual Intercourse: How the Way We Communicate Affects the Way We Think About Sexual Coercion. L.C. Miller, D.M. Burns, S. Rothspan, Negotiating Safer Sex: The Dynamics of African-American Relationships. P.J. Kalbfleisch, J. Keyton, Power and Equality in Mentoring Relationships. M.A. Fitzpatrick, A. Mulac, Relating to Spouse and Stranger: Gender Preferential Language Use. W.R. Cupach, D.J. Canary, Managing Conflict and Anger: Investigating the Sex Stereotype Hypothesis. P. Schwartz, D. Patterson, S. Steen, The Dynamics of Power: Money and Sex in Intimate Relationships. Part IV: Women and Men in Society. E.M. Rogers, T.M. Hirata, A.S. Chandran, J.D. Robinson, Television Promotion of Gender Equality in Societies. M.J. Cody, J. Seiter, Y. Montagne-Miller, Men and Women in the Market Place. J.C. Pearson, L. Cooks, Gender and Power.
The editors advocate change in the roles of men and women, and state their goal in this volume as "to chronicle changes, both the changes that are occurring and changes that need to occur". They are interested in promoting both equality for women and "improved quality in female/male relationships and human relationships in general".
"It is evident from the list of scholars contributing to this book that Kalbfleisch and Cody have assembled a colorful collection of experts and pioneers from communication studies to assess the state of gender research and to suggest directions for furture research. The variety and breadth of this text would be well suited for advanced undergraduate gender courses in a variety of fields."
—Contemporary Psychology (V43#12, 1998)
"...a rich tapestry of theories, methods, and issues surrounding this complicated yet topical interrelationship....striking in its interdisciplinary approach....the book has value not only as an important addition to the library of any self-respecting communication scholar, it also works extremely well in the classroom. I should know: I use it in my Advanced Interpersonal courses, and students love the book! They praise it for its clarity, its variety, its conversational tone....an eminently informative and readable tome which will advance any reader's understanding of gender, power, and communication within human relationships."
—Kent G. Drummond
University of Wyoming