Sex Roles: Here, There, and Everywhere

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 398–399. Reviews the books, Images and Self-Images: Male and Female in Morocco by Daisy Hilse Dwyer (1978) and Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development, and Social Change by Gail Warshofsky Lapidus (1978). Both these books concerns a notoriously misogynous culture. Both books deserve praise, but Dwyer's book is of more direct interest to the psychologist. The first book presents an in-depth study of male-female relations in the Arab-Berber town of Taroudannt. The book avoids simplistic categories. The second book lacks phenomenological richness but it contains a wealth of statistics. may be divided into three sections. The first, spanning three chapters, reveals the vagaries of the concept of sexual equality in Soviet ideology. The second deals with the status of women in post-Stalin Russia. The final section documents current policies toward women. It will prove useful to psychologists with an interest in women's issues or in social policy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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