ERIC Number: ED429677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together. Family and Public Policy Series.
Maccoby, Eleanor E.
This book seeks to explain how gender affects human development from infancy through adolescence and into adulthood. The book's introduction states the two theses of the book: first, gender differences appear primarily in group, or social, contexts; and second, gender differentiation can be understood only in a developmental context--the sexes diverge at certain stages of development, and converge at others. The book identifies a complex combination of biological, cognitive, and social factors that contribute to gender segregation and group differentiation. Childhood experiences in same-sex groups are shown to profoundly influence how members of the two sexes relate to one another in adulthood--as lovers, coworkers, and parents. The book is divided into three sections. The chapters in the first part, "Divergence in Childhood," are: (1) "Gender Segregation in Childhood"; (2) "The Two Cultures of Childhood"; and (3) "Cross-Sex Encounters." The chapters in the second part, "The Explanatory Web," are: (4) "What Needs to Be Explained"; (5) "The Biological Component"; (6) "The Socialization Component"; and (7) "The Cognitive Component." The chapters in the third part, "Convergence in Adulthood," are: (8) "Heterosexual Attraction and Relationships"; (9) "The Two Sexes in the Workplace"; and (10) "Men and Women as Parents." The book concludes with an overview. Contains 499 references. (AMC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Affective Behavior, Aggression, Behavior Change, Behavior Development, Child Behavior, Childhood Attitudes, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Group Behavior, Peer Relationship, Play, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Social Development, Socialization, Young Children
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