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ERIC Number: EJ914809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Contextual Variations in Young Women's Gender Identity Negotiations
Abrams, Laura S.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v27 n1 p64-74 Mar 2003
This article explores young women's strategies for seeking personal power and resisting gender-based stereotypes in a wealthy, suburban, White community and a working-class, urban, community of color. Semi-structured interviews with 27 young women were used to examine contextual variations in these gender identity negotiation processes. Both groups of young women were acutely aware of women's subordinate social and cultural position and this awareness contributed to some negative feelings about being female. However, their strategies for locating strength in their identities varied by social contexts. Moreover, the two groups of young women encountered distinct sets of stereotypes in their respective communities. Forms of resistance to these stereotypes led to significantly different behavior patterns. These comparisons build a richer theoretical understanding of the contextual dimensions of young women's gender identity negotiations. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California