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The Cost and Effect of Gendering in the Family

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DOI: 10.4236/sm.2015.54020    4,335 Downloads   5,144 Views Citations


This paper examines theoretical and empirical research on how families teach children about gender, gender relations, and gender roles. This research is supplemented with students’ personal childhood vignettes from two upper division classes, at two public universities. A final section examines shifts in traditional family structure that affect child rearing practices and the students’ efforts to resist the inequalities they faced. This structural shift and micro practices both lead to less oppression and more equality in the modern family.

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Davidson, C. , Payne, K. , Maltz, S. and Rabow, J. (2015) The Cost and Effect of Gendering in the Family. Sociology Mind, 5, 227-238. doi: 10.4236/sm.2015.54020.

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