ERIC Number: ED233415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gender Socialization from Child's Play to Organizational Gaming: Roots of Female Corporate Participation in Children's Games.
Foeman, Anita Kathy
A review of current research indicates parallels between the strategies and perceptions involved in gender-specific chidren's games and those guiding adult corporate participation. Involving a frequently elaborate organization of rules that emphasize at once an adventurous role with few physical restrictions and the need for team play, boys' games teach the importance of being able to work creatively within a complex framework. The logical extension of these games is the adult business organization. Girls' games, however, usually operating with a very simple set of rules, stress one-on-one interaction rather than competition between groups. Girls' game behavior is ritualistic and physically limited, creating roles frequently domestic in style. It is little wonder, therefore, that when confronted with the unfamiliar game strategies of the organization, businesswomen experience a general sense of discomfort, insecurity, and estrangement. Literature offers few sound prescriptive comments, however, either about using games to expand girls' organizational and boys' interpersonal skills, or about helping women learn corporate strategies. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Ocean City, MD, April 27-30, 1983).