Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences by Elizabeth Aries

Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences

byElizabeth Aries

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For many years the dominant focus in gender relations has been the differences between men and women. Authors such as Deborah Tannen (You Just Don't Understand) and John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) have argued that there are deep-seated and enduring differences between maleand female personalities, styles, even languages. Elizabeth Aries sees the issue as more complex and dependent on several variables, among them the person's status, role, goals, conversational partners, and the characteristics of the situational context. Aries discusses why we emphasize thedifferences between the sexes, the ways in which these are exaggerated, and how we may be perpetuating the very stereotypes we wish to abandon. For psychologists and researchers of gender and communication, this book will illuminate recent studies in gender relations. For general readers it willoffer a stimulating counterpoint to prevailing views.

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Elizabeth Aries received her B.A. at the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph. D. at Harvard. She spent two years as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and has been Professor of Psychology at Amherst College since 1975. She has also written numerous papers on gender and communication.
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Title:Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the DifferencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.17 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:December 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195103588

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Table of Contents

1. The Elusive Truth About Men and Women2. Task and Expressive Roles3. Dominance and Leadership in Groups4. Interruptions5. Language Use and Conversational Management6. Conversation Content7. Gender Stereotypes and the Perception and Evaluation of Participants in Interaction8. Conclusions, Explanations, and Implications

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"Reasoned and empirical. . .I hope that [this book] becomes known among people who teach courses in gender and for those sexologists concerned about communication between the sexes."--Kathryn N. Black, Purdue University