2nd Edition

The Gender Communication Connection

ISBN 9780765642226
Published May 30, 2014 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

The authors explore the many ways that gender and communication intersect and affect each other. Every chapter encourages a consideration of how gender attitudes and practices, past and current, influence personal notions of what it means not only to be female and male, but feminine and masculine. The second edition of this student friendly and accessible text is filled with contemporary examples, activities, and exercises to help students put theoretical concepts into practice.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Gender Communication

1. Why We Study Gender Communication

The Gendered World: Where Would You Like to Go From Here?

This is His- and Her-Story

Exploring Gender Today

Conceptual and Perceptual Foundations

Distinguishing Sex and Gender

Communication Cultures

Communication and Gender: Which is the Catalyst?

The Merging of Communication and Gender

Communicating Our Confusion

Changing Communication Paradigms

More Principles of Gendered Communication

Gendered Communication is Dynamic

Gendered Communication is Systemic

Gendered Communication is Pervasive

Gendered Communication is Learned

Reassessing Gender and Communication: Goals and Assumptions, Questions and Quandaries

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2. Developing Gender Roles and Identities

Gender Identity and the "I" of the Beholder

Theories of Identity: Theoretical Approaches

Biology Matters: Biological Influences on Gender

Psychology Matters: Psychological Influences on Gender

Social Roles Matter: Social Influences on Gender

Culture Matters: Cultural Influences on Gender

The Development of Self-Concept

Self-Image and Self-Esteem

Reflected Appraisal Theory and Self-Concept

Social Learning Theory and Self-Concept

Education and Self-Concept

Media and Self-Concept

Culture and Self-Concept

Comparing the Self-Concepts of Males and Females

Reassessing Gender and Identity: Exploring Alternative Self-Orientations

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3. Verbal Styles of Gendered Expression

Language in Our Lives

Language and Its Uses

The Language-Thought-Behavior Relationship

The Power of Language

Words and Gender Perceptions: Can We Move Beyond Stereotypes?

The Effects of Language Socialization

Sexist Language and The Shaping of Reality

The Language of Conversation: How We Speak

We Speak Different Genderlects

Gender-Based Misinterpretations: What Really Happens When Men and Women Talk to Each Other?

Fact or Myth: Women Talk More than Men

Fact or Myth: Women Interrupt Others More than Men

Fact or Myth: Men are Dismissive of Women’s Feelings

Fact or Myth: Women and Men Agree on the Purpose of Talk in Relationship Development

Reassessing Gender and Language

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4. Nonverbal Styles of Gendered Expression

Dimensions of Nonverbal Communication

The Functions of Nonverbal Messages

Message Reinforcement or Complementation

Message Negation

Message Substitution

Message Accentuation or Intensification

Message Regulation

Nonverbal Cues: Key Parts of the Communication Package

Conveying and Interpreting Nonverbal Expressiveness

Exploring Nonverbal Cues from a Gender Perspective

Kinesics: The Body’s Language

Haptics: Touch




Reassessing Gendered Nonverbal Communication

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5. Gendered Perception and Listening Styles

The Perception Process and Gender: Selection, Organization, Interpretation and Response

Selection: What Do You Notice?

Organization: How Do You Categorize?

Interpretation: What Does It Mean?

Responding: How Do You React?

The Listening Styles of Men and Women

Who Gets Heard?

Listening Behaviors of Men and Women

Reassessing Gender, Perception, and Listening

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Revisiting Part I: Discovering and Building Connections

Part II: Gender’s Role in Creating and Maintaining Personal Relationships

6. Gender Communication and Friendships

The Nature of Friendship

Friendship vs. Other Kinds of Relationships

How Friendships Develop: Two Models

The Gendering of Friendship

Friendship in Your Life

A Closer Look at Same-Sex Friendships

Women Friending Women

Men Friending Men

A Closer Look at Mixed-Sex Friendships

Men and Women Friending Each Other

The Effects of Roles and Social Opportunities on Friendship

Reassessing Gender and Friendship

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7. Gender Communication and Romance

Gender and Romance

The Intimacy Factor

Romantic Relationship Stages

Stage 1: Initiating

Stage 2: Experimenting

Stage 3: Intensifying

Stage 4: Integrating

Stage 5: Bonding

Stage 6: Differentiating

Stage 7: Circumscribing

Stage 8: Stagnating

Stage 9: Avoiding

Stage 10: Terminating

Gender Influences on Decisions and Tensions in Romantic Relationships

Gender and Romantic Relationships Facilitators

Reassessing Gender in Romantic Relationships

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8. Gender Communication and Family

The Family: A Gendered-Person Factory

The Family System: Gender in Action

The Family as Theme Factory

The Family as Gender-Maker

Sex-Role Development

Parent-Child Attitudes and Interaction Preferences

Power in the Family

Intimacy and Family Relations

Family Member Autonomy and Dependence

Empathy and Family Relations

Diversity and the Family


Single-Parent Families

Dual-Worker/Dual-Career Families

Families and Gender, Race, and Class

Reassessing Gender and Family Matters

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Revisiting Part II: Discovering and Building Connections:

Part III: Gender Communication in Context

9. Gender Communication in Education

The Education/Gender Communication Challenge

Gender Communication in Elementary and Secondary Schools

Gendered Messages Sent Girls

Gendered Messages Sent Boys

The Higher Education Scene

Title IX: Its Impact in Class and on the Field

Administratively Speaking: Who’s in Charge?

Reassessing Gender in Education: Proposed Remedies

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10. Gender Communication in the Workplace

The Socialization of Gendered Workers

Gender Bias and the Job Interview

Organization Diversification

Diversity’s Effects

Sex and Race Segregation in the Workplace

Gender Role Bias

Role Stereotypes for Men

Role Stereotypes for Women

Handling Relationships in the Workplace

Hurdling Advancement Barriers

Workplace Bullies

Workplace Stressors

The Glass Ceiling and the Sticky Floor

Sexual Harassment—Gender Based Discrimination

Leading the Way: The Leadership Styles of Men and Women

Reassessing Gender and Work Matters

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11. Gender Communication and Health

Health and Gender: Is it a Matter of Difference?

Gendered Perceptions of Health

Manhood and Womanhood: Health Norms, Markers, and Hormones

Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Health of Men and Women

The Gendering of Patients and Their Doctors

Gender Ideals Affect Health

The Dark Side of Intimacy

Health Implications of Divorce and Social Isolation

Health Implications of Gendered Violence and Gendered Fear

Violence Against Partners

The Impact on Health of Gendered Violence in Sports

Caregiving and Expressing Feelings: Gendered Differences

Reassessing Gender and Health

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12. Gender Communication and the Law

The Law and Gender Equity

Equal Protection and Opportunity Laws

Sexual Harassment, Rape, Violence, and the Law

Sexual Harassment and U.S. Law

Sexual Assault, Rape, Violence, and the Law

The Law, Divorce, and Parental Rights

The Recommended Child Custody Policy

Reassessing Gender and the Law

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Revisiting Part III: Discovering and Building Connections

Part IV: Issues and Challenges in Gender Communication

13. Gender in Media and Technology

The Gendering of Media and Technology


Advertising and the Sex Roles of Women

Advertising and the Sex Roles of Men

Advertising and Gendering in Children

Advertising and Diversity

Gendered Films and Television Shows, Audiences, and Awards

Viewing Effects

Music Videos


Gender and Sports Media

"Women’s Sports" vs. "Sports"

Behind the Mike

Sports, the Military, and Coming Out

Gendering and Technology

Reassessing Gender, Media, and Technology

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14. Conflict, Power, and Gender Violence

Exploring Violence in Relationships

The Alarming Statistics

Profiling the Abuser

Gender and Conflict

Differences in Conflict-Handling Behavior: Traditional Expectations

Contradicting the Expected: Nontraditional Conflict-Handling Behaviors

Gender and Power

Power, Gender Intimidation, and Violence

The Dynamics of Physical Violence and Abuse of Power

The Dynamics of Sexual Assault and Rape

Dispelling Rape and Sexual Violence Myths

Reassessing Conflict, Power, and Gender Violence: The Need to Denormalize Violence

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15. Gender and Social Movements: Reconsidering the Past and Preparing For the Future

The Past is Prologue

Women’s Movements

Liberal Feminism

Social Feminism

Radical Feminism

Feminism: The First Wave

Feminism: The Second Wave

Feminism: The Third Wave

A Note on Backlash Movements

Men’s Movements

The Profeminist Men’s Movement

Promasculinist Men’s Movements

The Mythopoetic Men’s Movement

The National Coalition of Free Men

The Promise Keepers

The Million-Man March

Reassessing Women and Men’s Movements

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Revisiting Part IV: Discovering and Building Connections


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Teri Kwal Gamble is professor of communication at the College of New Rochelle.

Michael W. Gamble is professor of communication at New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

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