1st Edition

Sex and Gender A Biopsychological Approach

By Heidi R. Riggio Copyright 2021
    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    Using both scientific and feminist approaches in its analysis, Sex and Gender: A Biopsychological Approach provides a current and comprehensive understanding of its titular topics, making it an invaluable textbook for instructors and students.

    Sex and gender can only be properly understood when examined in the contexts of biological, psychological, and social processes and the interactions between those processes. The structure of this book facilitates this necessary exhaustive discussion:

    • First section: a biological analysis that discusses evolutionary, cellular, and genetic processes, and their effects on physical and behavioral development
    • Second section: a psychological and sociological analysis that discusses stereotypes, sexism, and theories of gender
    • Final section: a discussion of the current global challenges surrounding sex and gender, such as discrimination and religious and social oppression of various groups
    • Across chapters: bonus features that can be used as discussion topics, student essay topics, or special topics for instructors to expand the text’s discussion into the classroom

    The text’s unique focus on biological, psychological, and social processes – as separate entities and interacting processes – make Sex and Gender crucial for a comprehensive and advanced understanding of the subject. This is an essential resource for instructors who want to bring a thorough and complex analysis of sex and gender studies to their classrooms.


    Chapter 1: Human Evolution

    Chapter 2: The Cellular Basis of Life

    Chapter 3: Genetics

    Chapter 4: Human Sexual Reproduction

    Chapter 5: Gender Stereotypes

    Chapter 6: Theories of Gender

    Chapter 7: Global, Historical Sexism

    Chapter 8: Human Sexuality

    Chapter 9: Personality, Emotions, and Health

    Chapter 10: Intimacy and Interpersonal Relationships

    Chapter 11: Aggression

    Chapter 12: Occupational Roles and Power

    Chapter 13: Current Issues and Social Problems


    Heidi R. Riggio is Professor of Psychology at Cal State LA. She has been teaching in Southern California since 1996. She is a social psychologist with published research on sibling relationships, parental marital conflict and divorce, relationship attitudes and their strength, sexual health, religiosity and cognitive biases, and political attitudes.