Sex Typing and Social Roles

Sex Typing and Social Roles

A Research Report

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Authors: Beverly Duncan, Otis Dudley Duncan
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266190

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Sex Typing and Social Roles: A Research Report is based on a sociological survey that includes topics regarding changes in sex roles. The book deals with information derived from surveys and reports on the differences and similarities between the behavior, experience, and attitudes of men and women. The book addresses, more particularly, the ongoing changes in the social positions of the sexes, for example, from women's rights and privileges as a "private issue" to a public-policy issue. The book also reviews the work motives, the female role, constraints, and emotions (sadness) encountered. The text analyzes alienation versus engagement—why women say that they are indeed happier at work. The book then discusses the role of civics and sex as regards politics, institutional performance, and rule compliance. The text analyzes the role of religion and the involvement of husbands and wives in social affairs. The role of husbands and wives as partners in marriage is explained in terms of education, division of labor, and marital values. The book also investigates methods of rearing children, parental or expectations, and the response patterns on child-related task items. The text will prove beneficial to psychologists, sociologists, pediatricians, civic leaders, lay ministers, and educators.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables


    1 The Setting and the Survey

    Detroit and the United Auto Workers

    Women as Respondents and Interviewers

    An Overview

    2 Work Motives and the Female Role

    Popularity of the Motives

    Multivariate Analysis

    Effects of Social Characteristics

    Rejection of Homemaking

    Values Relating to Work Roles of Men

    3 Constraints on Women's Work

    Approve of Working, but Object to Some Work

    Social Correlates of Objecting

    Grounds of Objection

    The Decision to Work

    Attitudes Associated with Objecting

    Change in the 1970s

    4 The Collective Sadness

    What the Future Holds


    Quality of Personal Experience

    Obiter Dictum

    5 Civics and Sex

    Political Information

    Respect for Rules

    Institutional Performance

    Attitudes of Boys and Girls

    6 Religion

    Religious Participation

    Religious Beliefs

    Communal Involvement

    Generation Gaps in Religiosity

    7 Social Participation of Husbands and Wives

    Wife-Husband Differences in Formal Participation

    Association between Spouses' Memberships

    Education and Formal Participation

    Black Couples and Unmarried Persons

    Husband-Wife Differences in Informal Participation

    Formal and Informal Participation

    8 Wives and Husbands as Marriage Partners

    The Division of Labor: Response Patterns

    Working Wives and the Division of Labor

    Division of Labor and Wife's Education

    Values in Marriage

    9 The Secularization of Divorce

    Differential Change

    Analysis of Change Within Religions

    Changes in the Church

    10 Socialization of Girls and Boys

    Childrearing Technique and Sex of Child

    Parental Values

    National Data on Parental Values

    11 Intergenerational Aspects of Sex Typing

    Sharing of Household Chores

    Spouses' Educational Attainments

    Sex Typing in Relation to Values in Marriage and Satisfaction with Marriage

    Attitude Consistency

    12 Changes in Sex Typing of Child Tasks

    Changing Response Distributions

    Socioeconomic Correlates and Differential Change

    Age, Cohorts, and Change

    Postscript: Changes to 1976

    Appendix A

    Appendix B



Product details

  • No. of pages: 414
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266190

About the Authors

Beverly Duncan

Otis Dudley Duncan

About the Editor

Peter H. Rossi

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