Different but Equal: Communication Between the Sexes

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Overview

This study presents a theoretical and practical discussion of the changes that have occurred between men and women and how the sexes relate to one another from social, political, and ethical perspectives. Not only do men and women reflect different gender roles through communication, but they are also impacted by communication about gender, especially from the media. Gender differences in communication have gained political importance due to the increasingly relevant issues of sexual harassment and political correctness. These social and political changes have influenced our value systems and have given the study of gendered communication an ethical importance. Payne argues that religious ideology is an important aspect of gendered development and that biological, psychological, social, and cultural phenomena also affect sex roles.

This volume will appeal to scholars and students in the communications disciplines as well as psychologists and sociologists. Organized around three major themes--the construction of the gendered self, the differences between men and women as they relate to one another through language, power, and nonverbal communication, and the effects of gendered communication in leadership and the media--this work covers much ground on the topic of communication between the sexes.

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Bemoaning the swing of the social pendulum that she sees as having devalued masculine men and feminine women, Payne (communication, Western Kentucky U.) attempts to discuss a broad range of issues of gender differences in communication "without hostility toward either sex." She explores some of the changes that have occurred between men and women and how the sexes relate to one another from social, ethical, and political perspectives. Incorporating new and old research, the work is loosely organized around three major themes: the construction of the gendered self; the differences between men and women as the relate to one another through language, power, and nonverbal communication in both home and work environments; and the effects of gendered communication in leadership and the media. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965228
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

KAY E. PAYNE is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Kentucky University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part I
1 Gender Role Development 3
2 Persuasive Attempts at Shaping Gender Roles: Women's and Men's Movements in America 19
3 Gender Communication and Religion 43
Part II
4 Self-Esteem and Gender Communication 65
5 Gendered Communication in Close Relationships 77
6 Gendered Issues in Communication about Sex 91
7 Gendered Differences in Language and Aggressive/Argumentative Communication 103
8 Gender and Power 115
9 Nonverbal Gender Communication 131
Part III
10 Gender Differences in Leadership 145
11 Cultural Expectations of Attractiveness: Presentations of Men and Women in the Media 163
References 179
Index 213
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