1st Edition

The Sex Role System Psychological and Sociological Perspectives

Edited By Jane Chetwynd, Oonagh Hartnett Copyright 1977
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1978, The Sex Role System traces the phenomenon of sex role stereotyping through many different disciplines and areas of study, showing how presuppositions about sex role expectations can colour our perceptions and radically affect both the theories and the practices underlying our lives today. The contributions, by several well-known psychologists and sociologists, highlight many specific areas of stereotyping in our society, including marriage, school, work, psychiatry, the Social Security services, and the Inland Revenue.

    In drawing together the many facets of sex role stereotyping, the editors are able to show how the complex conscious and unconscious processes making up the System are formed. An empirical approach to the problems involved, together with a discussion of the ethical issues, ensures that the reader will gain a greater understanding of the System and its substantial influences during the course of the analysis. This book is a must read for students and researchers of psychology, sociology, and feminist studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Biological explanations of sex-role stereotypes
    John Archer

    3. Sex-role socialisation
    Helen Weinreich

    4. Perspectives in sex-role stereotyping
    John and Elizabeth Newson, Diane Richardson and Joyce Scaife

    5. The influence of the school on sex-role stereotyping
    Glenys Lobban

    6. Sex-role stereotyping in studies of marriage and the family
    Rhona Rapoport

    7. Sex-role stereotyping at work
    Oonagh Hartnett

    8. Women and psychiatry
    Susan Lipshitz

    9. Clinical aspects of sex-role stereotyping
    Gloria K. Litman

    10. Sex-role stereotyping in the social security and income tax systems
    Hilary Land

    11. Sex-role stereotyping and social science
    Mary Fuller


    Jane Chetwynd, at the time of the first publication, practiced as a feminist psychologist in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    Oonagh Hartnett, at the time of the first publication, was Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology.

    Review of the first publication:

    'It is a serious and well-thought-out collection of essays, analysing the position of women in society today.'

    The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1978