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The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together (Family and Public Policy)

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How does being male or female shape us? And what, aside from obvious anatomical differences, does being male or female mean? In this book, the distinguished psychologist Eleanor Maccoby explores how individuals express their sexual identity at successive periods of their lives. A book about sex in the broadest sense, The Two Sexes seeks to tell us how our development from infancy through adolescence and into adulthood is affected by gender.

Chief among Maccoby's contentions is that gender differences appear primarily in group, or social, contexts. In childhood, boys and girls tend to gravitate toward others of their own sex. The Two Sexes examines why this segregation occurs and how boys' groups and girls' groups develop distinct cultures with different agendas. Deploying evidence from her own research and studies by many other scholars, Maccoby identifies a complex combination of biological, cognitive, and social factors that contribute to gender segregation and group differentiation.

A major finding of The Two Sexes is that these childhood experiences in same-sex groups profoundly influence how members of the two sexes relate to one another in adulthood--as lovers, coworkers, and parents. Maccoby shows how, in constructing these adult relationships, men and women utilize old elements from their childhood experiences as well as new ones arising from different adult agendas. Finally, she considers social changes in gender roles in light of her discoveries about the constraints and opportunities implicit in the same-sex and cross-sex relationships of childhood.

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2000 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award, American Psychological Association

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Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers 1998 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Award, Psychology Category

About the Author

Eleanor E. Maccoby is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Divergence in Childhood

Gender Segregation in Childhood

The Two Cultures of Childhood

Cross-Sex Encounters

The Explanatory Web

What Needs to Be Explained

The Biological Component

The Socialization Component

The Cognitive Component

Convergence in Adulthood

Heterosexual Attraction and Relationships

The Two Sexes in the Workplace

Men and Women As Parents

Overview

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674914827
Preface:
Maccoby, Eleanor E.
Author:
Maccoby, Eleanor E.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Developmental Psychology
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Sex differences (psychology)
Subject:
Sex differences
Subject:
Developmental - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Series:
Family and Public Policy
Series Volume:
99-1
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 line illustrations, 3 tables
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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