Sex differences and similarities in communication : critical essays and empirical investigations of sex and gender in interaction /

Other Authors: Canary, Daniel J., Dindia, Kathryn.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1998.
Series: LEA's communication series
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Most readers, including the contributors to this valuable work on gender research, are familiar with John Gray's popular Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992). This anthology provides a scholarly yet readable retort to popularizers who, like Gray, reinforce stereotypes about communication differences between the sexes. The book examines the social scientific literature about how women and men communicate, drawing on the fields of communication, psychology, linguistics, family studies, sociology, and biology. Terms such as sex and gender are carefully defined; research findings and theoretical explanations are examined, critiqued, and debated in the interest of presenting a balanced rather than a polarized anthology. The editors have arranged articles from the general to the specific. A dialog in chapter 1 orients the reader, establishes themes, and presents differing points of view. All the chapters present clear and thorough explanations, careful analyses, specific examples, comments on limitations of the research and theories, and directions for future research. An excellent author and subject index adds to this book's accessibility for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. J. O'Mara University of Hartford

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