Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender

by Judith Worell
     
 

This outstanding reference resource brings together the latest information on theory, research, and social policy concerning the psychology of women and gender from leading experts in the social and behavioral sciences. It contains over 100 chapters that explore in depth the cultural and political constructions of gender that influence the development and life… See more details below

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This outstanding reference resource brings together the latest information on theory, research, and social policy concerning the psychology of women and gender from leading experts in the social and behavioral sciences. It contains over 100 chapters that explore in depth the cultural and political constructions of gender that influence the development and life experiences of women and men from diverse social, cultural, economic, and ethnic/racial groups.
Through a consideration of theory and research, authors address the question of how social and cultural influences have structured and shaped the gender-related roles, behaviors, well-being, life events, and opportunities afforded to diverse groups of girls and boys, women and men. Multicultural and cross-cultural comparisons provide a rich tapestry of gender influences that reflect both similarities and differences within and between groups.
The broad topical areas cover chapters on psychological theories of human behavior and development: feminist perspectives on quantitative and qualitative research methods; lifespan issues in gender development; gender-related personality characteristics; research on close relationships from friendship and social support to sexuality, love, and intimacy; societal contributions to gender development including parenting, education, and the media; work and employment issues including gender segregation and affirmative action policies; health and mental health concerns from depression and trauma to psychotherapy and life-satisfaction; gender-related bias and prejudice that extends to poverty, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; gendered violence expressed in child and adult physical andsexual abuse; and public policy topics that address issues of equity, fairness, and social justice.
Chapters are enhanced with outlines, glossary of important terms, and useful readable references. The volumes provide a comprehensive and valuable contribution to understanding the diverse threads of individual, cultural, and societal contributions to the gendered patterns of experience for women and men that exist in all societies.

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Editorial Reviews

Annette M. Brodsky
This encyclopedia represents the conceptual thinking of a veritable who's who of psychology of women leaders from the last three decades of scholarship in research, theoretical, and clinical aspects of gender relevant issues...
Choice
Worthy of a place on the shelves of all academic libraries, this encyclopedia attests the credentials of the editor and contributors.
Irene Hanson Frieze
The Encyclopedia of Women and Gender is a much needed contribution to the literature and will be an invaluable resource for students as well as professors.
Jill G. Morawski
The Encyclopedia of Women and Gender promises to be a dependable and indispensable resource for students as well as scholars of gender.
Margaret W. Matlin
The Encyclopedia of Women and Gender will set a new, high standard as a reference resource in the discipline.
Nancy Henley
It deserves to be in every library which is consulted by teachers, students, and researchers of women and gender, or by those who deliver social and health services.
Norine G. Johnson
...the Encyclopedia of Women and Gender edited by Dr. Judith Worell is a feast. A must for all who want ready access to the necessary ingredients for understanding today's issues in gender studies.
Phyllis A. Katz
The Encyclopedia of Women and Gender is an invaluable and much needed compilation of important gender research.
Booknews
Intended as a wide-ranging, yet in-depth resource for those seeking overviews of issues connected with women, this two-volume reference comprises about 100 alphabetically arranged articles; its emphasis on psychological aspects is not entirely clear from the title. The article topics were selected to represent scholarly issues<-->in the many disciplines that deal with gender issues<-->as well as areas of public interest and concern; thus, the following sampling of topics only partially reflects the scope: abortion and its health effects, child care, the feminist movement, hate crimes, imprisonment in the United States, reproductive technologies, sport and athletics, test bias, and women in non-traditional work fields. The articles are accessible enough to be useful to students, yet meaty enough for more sophisticated readers who want a starting point for further research; each article begins with an outline and a glossary and ends with a reading list. Although the articles are cross-referenced, and the indexing is thorough, a thematic grouping of the article topics would have helped give shape to the contents. Editor Worrell is professor emerita (psychology, U. of Kentucky); the contributors are affiliated with institutions all over the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780122272462
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
1256

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