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The Psychology of Sex and Gender

The Psychology of Sex and Gender

February 2018 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Psychology of Gender is intended as a core, stand-alone textbook that reflects the combined strengths and expertise of its three authors, Jennifer Bosson, Joseph Vandello, and Camille Buckner, all of whom are social psychologists who specialize in the study of gender. The text will synthesize extant research that reflects new frontiers in the biological science of sex and gender, including coverage of findings from neuroscience, genetics, and endocrinology. It will also cover new theoretical advancements that represent an integrative understanding of the multiple causes and outcomes of gender-relevant phenomena. It will address a variety of causal frameworks for understanding gender and gender phenomena including both distal approaches (e.g., evolutionary models) and proximal approaches (e.g., situational contexts). The following points highlight core features of our approach that set our book apart from the competition. Focus on women and men. In contrast to many existing texts on the Psychology of Women and Gender, this text will provide full coverage of both women's and men's experiences. Classic approaches to psychology privileged men's experiences, skills, and competencies over women's, but in doing so, still failed to consider men as gendered beings. Feminist approaches that grew out of the Women's movements of the 19th and 20th centuries swung the pendulum in the other direction by prioritizing women's experiences over men's, which led to the emergence of Psychology of Women courses and texts. Today, even current and regularly updated gender psychology texts tend to focus more on women and women's issues than men and men's issues, especially if they were first developed as Psychology of Women texts. Our text will include balanced coverage of how both women and men are influenced and shaped by gender. Cross-cultural focus. Throughout, the text will incorporate cross-cultural research and research from non-Western cultures so as to emphasize how cultural norms, values, and structures shape the construction, experience, and expression of gender. This material will be woven throughout the text, rather than treating "culture" as a stand-alone or separate topic. Diversity focus. In addition to including cross-cultural analyses throughout the text, we will also consider other dimensions of diversity, particularly in terms of race and ethnicity, student versus non-student status, and socioeconomic status. For example, we will include research on the experiences of working class populations with respect to work-family balance issues. Historical overviews. The text will provide an overarching context for thinking about gender and sexuality by summarizing socio-historical and cross-cultural trends in the ways that people thought and think about gender and sexual orientation. Psychological science. Whereas many current texts come from Sociology or Women's Studies, our approach is grounded in a social psychological understanding of gender. We will prioritize the science of gender, drawing not only from social psychology but from neuroscience, developmental psychology, cognitive science, personality psychology, clinical science, and industrial-organizational psychology as well. Contemporary coverage. The text will cover the most updated research findings regarding the variety of gender identities (e.g., transgender, cisgender, gender queer) and sexualities (e.g., sexual fluidity, multifactorial models of sexual orientation), as well as social and political controversies surrounding these identities and orientations. Real-world issues and debates. Whenever possible, we will connect the science to real-world social issues and debates. For instance, how do possible differences in learning, motivation, and cognitive abilities relate to the single-sex classroom debate? What does research say about the gender wage gap, and how might this inform workplace policy? Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Written by two faculty members at large, research-oriented universities and one faculty member at a small, teaching-focused university, the proposed text will draw upon our diverse teaching experiences and best practices in the SOTL literature to structure the presentation of the material in a way that fosters deep student learning (see more about this in the "Features and Pedagogy" section below). The author team's approach is expansive and integrative, reflects cutting-edge gender science and best practices in teaching and learning, and offers an updated and even-handed understanding of gender and gender-relevant issues as they are experienced by women and men.
Chapter 1: Introducing Sex and Gender
How Do We Explain Central Concepts in the Psychology of Sex and Gender?  
What Makes Sex and Gender So Complicated?  
How Have Gender Movements Shaped History?  
About This Book  
Chapter 2: Studying Sex and Gender
What Is the Meaning of Difference?  
What Is Science?  
What Are the Primary Methods Used in Sex and Gender Research?  
What Do Meta-Analyses and Effect Sizes Tell Us About Sex Differences?  
What Are Some Biases Common in Sex and Gender Research?  
How Do We Address the Challenges in Sex and Gender Research?  
Chapter 3: The Nature and Nurture of Sex and Gender
Nature versus Nurture, or Nature and Nurture?  
How Do Nature and Nurture Shape Sex Differentiation?  
How Do Nature and Nurture Shape Sex Assignment and Gender Identity?  
What Do Sex Differences in Brain Structure Reveal?  
How Do Theories of Sex Differences Account for Nature and Nurture?  
Chapter 4: Gender Development
How Central Are Sex and Gender in Early Development?  
What Are the Major Theoretical Approaches to Gender Development?  
What Are the Experiences of Gender Nonconforming Children?  
How Do Sex and Gender Shape Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood?  
How Do Sex and Gender Shape Development in Middle and Late Adulthood?  
Chapter 5: The Contents and Origins of Gender Stereotypes
What Are the Contents and Structure of Gender Stereotypes?  
What Are Some Consequences of Gender Stereotyping?  
Where Do Gender Stereotypes Come From?  
Are Gender Stereotypes Accurate?  
So, How Universal Are Gender Stereotypes, Really?  
Chapter 6: Power, Sexism, and Discrimination
How Do Power and Privilege Relate to Sex and Gender?  
What Is Sexism and Why Does It Persist?  
What Is Gender Discrimination?  
How Can We Resist and Reduce Gender Discrimination?  
Chapter 7: Cognitive Abilities and Aptitudes
What Is Cognitive Ability?  
What Are the Sex Differences and Similarities in Cognitive Abilities?  
How Do Individuals Differences and Context Influence Cognitive Performance?  
How Do Sex and Gender Matter in Educational Systems and STEM Fields?  
Chapter 8: Language, Communication, and Emotion
How Does Gender-Related Language Influence Social Perception?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Verbal Communication?  
What Role Do Sex and Gender Play in Nonverbal Communication?  
How Do Sex and Gender Shape the Experience, Expression, and Identification of Emotions?  
Chapter 9: Sexual Orientation and Sexuality
How Do Understandings of Sexuality and Sexual Orientation Differ Across Time and Culture?  
What Is Sexual Orientation?  
How Does Sexual Orientation Develop?  
Why Do People Differ in Sexual Orientation?  
How Do Sex and Gender Contribute to the Experience of Sexuality?  
How Does Sexuality Change Over the Life Course?  
Chapter 10: Interpersonal Relationships
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Social Networks and Friendships?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Interpersonal Attraction?  
What Is the Nature of Marriage- Past and Present?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Committed Relationships?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Parenting and Family Relationships?  
Chapter 11: Work and Home
How Have Work and Home Labor Divisions Changed?  
How Do People Divide Housework and Childcare at Home?  
Is the Workplace Gender-Biased?  
How Can We Explain the Gender Wage Gap?  
How Do Work and Family Influence Each Other?  
Chapter 12: Gender and Physical Health
How Have Understandings of Health and Longevity Changed Over Time?  
How Do Biological Factors Shape Sex Differences in Health?  
How Do Social Factors Contribute to Sex Disparities in Health?  
How Do Multiple Systems of Discrimination Shape Health and Healthcare?  
How Has Reproductive Health Been Medicalized?  
Chapter 13: Gender and Psychological Health
How Are Mental Illnesses Defined, Classified, and Conceptualized?  
What Factors Contribute to Sex Differences in Internalizing Disorders?  
What Factors Contribute to Sex Differences in Externalizing Disorders?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Eating and Body Image Disorders?  
How Do Sexual and Gender Minority Statuses Relate to Mental Health?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Mental Health Help-Seeking?  
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Happiness and Well-Being?  
Chapter 14: Aggression and Violence
Are There Sex Differences in Aggression?  
What Are the Major Forms of Gender-Based Aggression and Violence?  
What Explains Gender-Based Aggression and Violence?  
What Is the Relationship Between Pornography and Sexual Aggression?  

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ISBN: 9781506331324