A Social Constructionist View of the Psychology of Gender

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 694. Review of “Toward a New Psychology of Gender” (see record 1997-97379-000). This book is an edited collection of essays examining gender-related issues from a social constructionist perspective. The editors have pulled together 32 articles, most published elsewhere, that bring together psychological work on gender-related topics from around the globe. Topics typically covered in gender texts, such as domestic violence, eating disorders, language, and motherhood are presented alongside less commonly discussed topics, including masculinity and disability, women and war, forms of dress, male athletes' friendships, and gender in museum displays. Although the authors come from a variety of academic disciplines (sociology, philosophy, education, anthropology, family therapy), they share some common constructionist themes in their analyses. Marin summarizes the ideas in the book and discusses its strengths and possible weaknesses. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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