Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences

Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences

by Elizabeth Aries
Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences

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Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences by Elizabeth Aries

For many years the dominant focus in gender relations has been the differences between men and women. Authors such as Deborah Tannen (You Just Don't Understand) and John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) have argued that there are deep-seated and enduring differences between male and female personalities, styles, even languages. Elizabeth Aries sees the issue as more complex and dependent on several variables, among them the person's status, role, goals, conversational partners, and the characteristics of the situational context. Aries discusses why we emphasize the differences between the sexes, the ways in which these are exaggerated, and how we may be perpetuating the very stereotypes we wish to abandon. For psychologists and researchers of gender and communication, this book will illuminate recent studies in gender relations. For general readers it will offer a stimulating counterpoint to prevailing views.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195355987
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/29/1996
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 391 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Aries received her B.A. at the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph. D. at Harvard. She spent two years as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and has been Professor of Psychology at Amherst College since 1975. She has also written numerous papers on gender and communication.

Table of Contents

1. The Elusive Truth About Men and Women
2. Task and Expressive Roles
3. Dominance and Leadership in Groups
4. Interruptions
5. Language Use and Conversational Management
6. Conversation Content
7. Gender Stereotypes and the Perception and Evaluation of Participants in Interaction
8. Conclusions, Explanations, and Implications

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