The study of gender differences began in earnest in the 1970s and
has since increased dramatically to infiltrate virtually all fields
of study in the social and behavioral sciences. Along the way, it
was discovered that while women very often think and behave
differently than do men, industrialized societies cater to
masculine perspectives. The "Psychology of Women" emerged as a
field of study focusing on just those areas in which women most
often butted against assumed roles. And similarly, in the 1990s,
the "Psychology of Men" emerged to focus on the same issues for
men. "The Encyclopedia of Gender" covers all three areas under one
cover, discussing psychological differences in personality,
cognition, and behavior, as well as biologically based differences
and how those differences impact behavior.Coverage includes studies
of these differences in applied settings such as education,
business, the home, in politics, sports competition, etc. This
title features over 100 In-depth chapters by leading scholars in
the psychology of women and gender. It addresses critical questions
of similarities and differences in gendering across diverse groups,
challenging myths about gender polarization and the "Venus/Mars"
distinction. It also features: broad coverage of topics from theory
and method to development, personality, violence, sexuality, close
relationships, work, health, and social policy; sensitive attention
to multicultural and cross-cultural research; and, clearly written,
readable, comprehensive, with helpful guides (outline, glossary,
reference list). It raises difficult questions related to power,
inequality, ethics, and social justice. It challenges the reader to
revise established "truths" and to seek further information. It
maintains a feminist and woman-centered focus.
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