ERIC Number: ED378517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
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Gender Role Socialization in Jewish Men.
Lasser, Jon; Gottlieb, Michael C.
There has been little empirical research on the gender role socialization of Jewish men. This paper explores Jewish male gender role socialization and provides a model by which gender and ethnicity may be studied. A description of the gender role socialization of Jewish men, with an emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of such socialization from a developmental perspective, is presented. Special attention is given to messages received from parents in early childhood, peer interactions, and adult family life. Additionally, ways in which Jewish men compare themselves to other men are examined. It seems that the gender role socialization of Jewish men may cause diminished self-esteem in childhood and adolescence, with the rejection of Jewish cultural values as a possible outcome. Jewish boys are likely to admire the stereotypical American male, thereby discounting the image of the Jewish man. Emulation and denigration of certain stereotypical traits of other racial/ethnic minority men sometimes occurs. However, in mid-life, Jewish men may embrace the values that were once rejected, finding a wealth of previously unexplored resources from early socialization. Rejection of the dominant culture's ideal man follows, leaving a strengthened Jewish identity. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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