Sexism and Stereotypes in Modern Society: The Gender Science of Janet Taylor Spence
Once the province of a small group of theorists and researchers operating on the periphery of psychological science, gender research has charged into the psychological mainstream during the last two decades. In large measure, Janet Taylor Spence has been responsible for this transformation, challenging the traditional ideas of fundamental differences between men and women. These differences have been replaced by a complex, sophisticated awareness of how gender is constructed and maintained.
During the 1970s, Spence and her colleagues developed several psychological instruments that were to become the standards in the field. Using Spence's seminal work as a starting point, the distinguished contributors to this volume examine how gender defines male and female behaviors.
This volume is divided into three parts: the genesis of gender research, the complexity of gender stereotypes, and the modern forms of sexism and their consequences. Sexism and Stereotypes in Modern Society not only celebrates the increasingly sophisticated and nuanced theoretical models that have been created from Spence's work but also considers the state-of-the-art developments that have forced researchers to look more broadly at the theoretical models of gender.