The Social Psychology of Female-Male Relations

The Social Psychology of Female-Male Relations

A Critical Analysis of Central Concepts

1st Edition - November 20, 1985

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  • Editors: Richard D. Ashmore, Frances K. Del Boca
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483216201

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The Social Psychology of Female-Male Relations: A Critical Analysis of Central Concepts covers the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of individuals in social interaction and explicitly considers women and men in relation to one another - as individuals, as representatives of social categories, and as significant social groups. Chapter One lays out the parameters of the social psychology of female-male relations. Chapter Two contains two major insights: that gender identity is a complex, multifaceted construct and that the structure and degree of differentiation of gender identity develop and change over the life course. Chapters Three and Four present a relatively general cognitive social-psychological framework for two important constructs, sex stereotypes and gender-related attitudes. Chapter Five offers a critique of analyses that explain the behavior of women and men in close, personal relationships in terms of sex differences in the individual dispositions of the participants. Chapter Six presents a strong and straightforward critique of the current usage of the term sex role to describe a global set of behavioral prescriptions that apply to all women and to all men. Chapter Seven presents a comprehensive review of research on gender-related patterns of behavior in task groups that cannot be found elsewhere. The concluding chapter summarizes points made in earlier chapters and offers a set of notes toward a theory of female-male relations. Social scientists (especially, psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists) doing research on women, on men, or on women and men in relationships or in social interaction.

Table of Contents

  • Contents



    Chapter One

    Toward a Social Psychology of Female-Male Relations


    The Context of This Book

    Framework for a Social Psychology of Female-Male Relations


    Part One. Gender and the individual

    Chapter Two. Gender Identity: Development and Consequences

    Introduction: Definitions and Concepts


    Early and Middle Childhood



    Developmental Course of Gender Identity: A Summary

    Are There Other Gender Identities Possible besides Masculine and Feminine?


    Chapter Three. Gender Stereotypes


    Research Assessing Gender Stereotypes

    A Cognitive-Social-Psychological Framework for the Construct, Gender Stereotype

    The Structure of Gender Stereotypes

    The Process Issues of Gender Stereotypes

    Concluding Note


    Chapter Four. Gender-Related Attitudes


    What's Been Done: Assessing Attitudes and Demonstrating Evaluation Bias

    A Framework for Conceptualizing Gender-Related Attitudes

    Content-Structure Issues Concerning Gender-Related Attitudes

    Process Issues Concerning Gender-Related Attitudes

    Where Do We Go from Here?


    Part Two. Gender and Interpersonal Relationships

    Chapter Five. Women and Men in Personal Relationships


    Toward a Framework for the Social-Psychological Analysis of Personal Relationships

    The Causal Contexts of Gender-Related Patterns in Personal Relationships

    A Critical Analysis of the Accumulated Literature on Women and Men in Personal Relationships

    Concluding Comments


    Chapter Six. Men and Women in Role Relationships


    The Concept of Social Role

    The Concept of Gender Role

    Three Major Social Roles

    Comparisons among Roles

    Interactions among Roles

    Consequences of Roles



    Chapter Seven. Women and Men in Task Groups


    Research on Groups without Designated Leaders

    Research on Groups with Designated Leaders

    Leader Selection

    Conclusions and Future Directions


    Chapter Eight. Male-Female Relations: A Summing Up and Notes toward a Social-Psychological Theory


    From Here to There: Emerging Themes and Directions

    Notes toward a Social-Psychological Theory of Male-Female Relations

    What Will Be (?)


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: November 20, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483216201

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Richard D. Ashmore

Frances K. Del Boca

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