Encyclopedia of women and gender : sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender /

Other Authors: Worell, Judith, 1928-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, 2001.
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Review by Choice Review

Worell, well-known scholar of psychology and gender studies, has edited a top-notch addition to any academic library. The set provides extensive coverage of current scholarship and is not limited to the examination of the typical female/male dichotomy, but extends to class and race differences in gender. Academic and popular topics included range from gender schema theory to child care. Although the entries use scholarly language, each contributor provides a glossary to assist readers with unfamiliar terminology. Each entry also has an outline, cross-references, and suggested readings. The table of contents is arranged by topical entries in alphabetical order. Although the titles assigned to individual entries are not always the most intuitive, the subject index is an acceptable finding aid. The table of contents for both volumes is printed in both volumes but the subject index only in the second. Worthy of a place on the shelves of all academic libraries, this encyclopedia attests the credentials of the editor and the contributors. Recommended for lower-division undergraduates through faculty. K. B. Hovendick Syracuse University

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Review by Booklist Review

In the past several decades, the term gender has been reexamined from a variety of scholarly perspectives. The use of gender was introduced in the behavioral and social sciences to distinguish it from the concept of sex which is understood to be biologically defined, while gender is culturally constructed. This set fills a unique niche and succeeds in providing students, researchers, and practicing clinicians with comprehensive coverage of current research and scholarship on the psychology of women and gender in all its diverse manifestations. The goal is "to explore . . . how social and cultural influences have structured and shaped the gender-related roles, behaviors, well-being, life events, and opportunities afforded to diverse groups of women and men." Androcentrism, Entitlement, Hate crimes, Recovered memories, Social constructionist theory, Test bias, and Work-family balance are some of the themes that are represented. The encyclopedia also examines such topics as Body image concerns, Depression, Divorce and child custody, Friendship styles, Gender stereotyping, and Midlife transitions. Signed A-Z articles cover topics in depth. Each includes an outline, a glossary of relevant concepts, cross-references, and a suggested reading section. To aid the reader, an alphabetical outline of contents appears at the beginning of each volume, and an author and subject index conclude the set. This is an excellent resource that provides well-organized and clearly expressed information on one of the most fascinating constructs that has shaped, and continues to shape, contemporary society. Highly recommended for academic libraries of all sizes; large public libraries will want to consider its purchase as well, especially in locales in which access to local college libraries is limited for those outside the campus community.

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