Gender, Emotion, and the Family

Gender, Emotion, and the Family

by Leslie BRODY

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ISBN-13: 9780674028821
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 484 KB

About the Author

Leslie Brody is Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. Introduction I. THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF GENDER DIFFERENCES 2. Understanding Emotional Expression 3. Words, Faces, Voices, and Behaviors 4. Physiological Arousal and Patterns of Emotional Expression 5. Sad or Mad? The Quality of Emotions II. GENDER, BIOLOGY, AND THE FAMILY 6. The State of the Art: Biological Differences? 7. Transactional Relationships within Families 8. Gender Identification and De-identification in the Family 9. Fathers and the Family Climate III. CULTURAL ORIGINS AND CONSEQUENCES OF GENDER DIFFERENCES 10. Social Motives, Power, and Roles 11. Stereotypes and Display Rules 12. The Power of Peers 13. The Health Consequences of Gender-Stereotypic Emotional Expression 14. Rethinking Gender and Emotion Notes References Index

What People are Saying About This

Brody has formidable mastery of this burgeoning field. Gender, Emotion, and the Family offers new theoretical insights for lay readers and fellow scholars alike. Highly readable, responsible, and original, this will be the major work on the socialization of emotion for a long time to come.

Abigail Stewart

Leslie Brody provides a careful evaluation of the research data on precisely what the gender differences are--and are not--in emotional experience and expression, but that is only the first strength of her book. With an original and complex transactional theory, she shows how physiological, relational and cultural factors interact in creating gender differences in emotion, and reminds us how peculiar it is to try--as psychologists have!-- to make much of any single factor. Gender, Emotion, and the Family outlines a compelling research agenda that will move the next generation of empirical studies to a new and much more exciting level.
Abigail Stewart, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Amy G. Halberstadt

A beautifully written text that integrates theory and research in a sophisticated yet highly readable way. Brody examines the development of emotional experience and expression in the family and the intimate connections between emotion, familial relationships, and gender. Brody's tremendous breadth of scholarship shows in every chapter, and her thoughtful, comprehensive, and insightful responses to the complex questions in the field are a must read for students and scholars alike.
Amy G. Halberstadt, North Carolina State University

Elizabeth Aries

An invaluable resource for researchers on all aspects of the psychology and sociology of gender, Gender, Emotion, and the Family comprehensively synthesizes and re-analyzes the enormous research literature on supposed gender differences in emotional expression. Leslie Brody offers a clear and compelling critique of the widespread belief that males and females have essentially different emotional styles. Arguing that apparent gender differences in emotion are closely related to gender differences in dominance and power, Brody illuminates the great diversity of experience and behavior found among members of the same sex, and reminds us of the powerful role played by stereotypes in dictating emotions that men and women should display, and the pressures they feel to conform to those stereotypes.
Elizabeth Aries, Amherst College

Judith A. Hall

Brody has formidable mastery of this burgeoning field. Gender, Emotion, and the Family offers new theoretical insights for lay readers and fellow scholars alike. Highly readable, responsible, and original, this will be the major work on the socialization of emotion for a long time to come.
Judith A. Hall, Northeastern University

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