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.
"This wide-ranging and valuable book brings together experts in the fields of social and developmental psychology whose work has explored issues of gender and who have contributed to the theoretical and empirical literature on the subject. The editors, Thomas Eckes and Hanns M. Trautner, have written introductory and concluding chapters that are provocative and present a clear framework for the understanding of gender. Twelve additional chapters are organized into sections on theory, interpersonal behavior, and groups and culture. Each chapter is very accessible, contains up-to-date references, and presents an excellent coverage of material."
—American Journal of Psychology
"Overall, this text promotes inclusive approaches to gender studies, offers an integration of key social and developmental research on gender, and is accessible to a varied audience. In this way, it is an excellent tool for gender scholars. As one individual with interests in gender studies, I found this text to be a useful step in continuing a process of integrating gender research."
—Psychology of Women Quarterly
"…the book does an admirable job of collecting a variety of viewpoints about the developmental and social psychological approaches to gender….The goal of creating a volume that encompasses complimentary perspectives from developmental and social psychology should be applauded. It is a wonderful goal….In sum, this book promises a great deal, delivers a fair amount, and suggests that there is a bright future between Mr. Development and Ms. Social Psychology."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction. T. Eckes, H.M. Trautner, Developmental Social Psychology of Gender: An Integrative Framework. Part II: Theoretical Approaches. D.T. Kenrick, C.L. Luce, An Evolutionary Life-History Model of Gender Differences and Similarities. B.I. Fagot, C.S. Rodgers, M.D. Leinbach, Theories of Gender Socialization. C.L. Martin, Cognitive Theories of Gender Development. A.H. Eagly, W. Wood, A.B. Diekman, Social Role Theory of Sex Differences and Similarities: A Current Appraisal. Part III: Gender Categorization and Interpersonal Behavior. B. Hannover, Development of the Self in Gendered Contexts. S.E. Zemore, S.T. Fiske, H-J. Kim, Gender Stereotypes and the Dynamics of Social Interaction. P. Glick, L. Hilt, Combative Children to Ambivalent Adults: The Development of Gender Prejudice. B. Krahé, Sexual Scripts and Heterosexual Aggression. Part IV: Gender, Group, and Culture. L.L. Carli, D. Bukatko, Gender, Communication, and Social Influence: A Developmental Perspective. J.S. Eccles, C. Freedman-Doan, P. Frome, J. Jacobs, K.S. Yoon, Gender-Role Socialization in the Family: A Longitudinal Approach. A.E. Abele, A Dual-Impact Model of Gender and Career-Related Processes. J.L. Gibbons, Gender Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Part V: Conclusions. H.M. Trautner, T. Eckes, Putting Gender Development Into Context: Problems and Prospects.