Sex Roles From a British Perspective

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 122–123. Reviews the book, The Sex Role System: Psychological and Sociological Perspectives edited by Jane Chetwynd and Oonagh Hartnett (1978). The book is a series of papers focusing primarily on the effect of sexrole stereotyping on numerous aspects of life (eg., socialization, schools, marriage and family, work, the mental health field, and the social welfare system). The contributors are all working in, or have worked in, Great Britain. Thus, the book provides American psychologists interested in sex roles with a nice compendium of the thinking of British psychologists on the topic. In general, the series of papers are interesting and well written, but contain little new information. Land's article on sex-role stereotyping in the British social security and income tax systems is one of the most interesting articles and provides new information to American psychologists about one specific British institution. The primary value of the book for American psychologists is its illustration of the kind of research and thinking being done in the area of sex roles in Great Britain. Since it is rather general in orientation, the volume might also make a good book of readings for an undergraduate psychology of women or women's studies course. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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