Gender, Emotion, And The Family / Edition 1

Gender, Emotion, And The Family / Edition 1

by Leslie Brody
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674005511

ISBN-13: 9780674005518

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Do women express their feelings more than men? Popular stereotypes say they do, but in this provocative book, Leslie Brody breaks with conventional wisdom. Integrating a wealth of perspectives and research--biological, sociocultural, developmental--her work explores the nature and extent of gender differences in emotional expression, as well as the endlessly

Overview

Do women express their feelings more than men? Popular stereotypes say they do, but in this provocative book, Leslie Brody breaks with conventional wisdom. Integrating a wealth of perspectives and research--biological, sociocultural, developmental--her work explores the nature and extent of gender differences in emotional expression, as well as the endlessly complex question of how such differences come about.

Nurture, far more than nature, emerges here as the stronger force in fashioning gender differences in emotional expression. Brody shows that whether and how men and women express their feelings varies widely from situation to situation and from culture to culture, and depends on a number of particular characteristics including age, ethnicity, cultural background, power, and status.

Especially pertinent is the organization of the family, in which boys and girls elicit and absorb different emotional strategies. Brody also examines the importance of gender roles, whether in the family, the peer group, or the culture at large, as men and women use various patterns of emotional expression to adapt to power and status imbalances.

Lucid and level-headed, Gender, Emotion, and the Family offers an unusually rich and nuanced picture of the great range of male and female emotional styles, and the variety of the human character.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674005518
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF GENDER DIFFERENCES

Understanding Emotional Expression

Words, Faces, Voices, and Behaviors

Physiological Arousal and Patterns of Emotional Expression

Sad or Mad? The Quality of Emotions

GENDER, BIOLOGY, AND THE FAMILY

The State of the Art: Biological Differences?

Transactional Relationships within Families

Gender Identification and De-identification in the Family

Fathers and the Family Climate

CULTURAL ORIGINS AND CONSEQUENCES OF GENDER DIFFERENCES

Social Motives, Power, and Roles

Stereotypes and Display Rules

The Power of Peers

The Health Consequences of Gender-Stereotypic Emotional Expression

Rethinking Gender and Emotion

Notes

References

Index

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