Description - Women and Men by Malkah T. Notman
This book presents perspectives and data from the biological and social sciences that describe the state of research findings and contribute to our current understanding of gender differences, their range and extent, and how they are influenced and created by social, cultural, and biological factors. Ten contributors from the diverse fields of anthropology, economisc, education, endocrinology, neurophysiology, psychiatry, and women's studies come together in this book to explore research on gender differences from a variety of perspectives. Chapter one reviews the range of societal solutions to gender roles and the status of women and men, illustrating the variation in patterns and the variations of "normality". Chapter two investigates some of the economic issues about women's paid work and family roles including labour force participation, unemployment, occupational and earnings experience, and economical status of female family heads of households - emphasizing the cross-disciplinary research linkages of each issue. Chapter three summarizes some of the research on gender differences in brain structure and functioning.
Chapter four reviews the role of hormones in the development of the masculine and feminine neurological phenotype. Chapter five focuses on the reconstructing of the psychology of women, discussing sex bias in research. Chapter six examines the premises, methods, and interpretations of recent studies to provide evidence for biological bases for gender differences in brain structure. Signigicant changes in psychoanalytic theory concerning feminine development and the characteristics of femininity are summarized in chapter seven.
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