Gender, Interaction, and Inequality

Editors: Ridgeway, Cecilia L. (Ed.)

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Causal explanations are essential for theory building. In focusing on causal mechanisms rather than descriptive effects, the goal of this volume is to increase our theoretical understanding of the way gender operates in interaction. Theoretical analyses of gender's effects in interaction, in turn, are necessary to understand how such effects might be implicated with individual-level and social structural-level processes in the larger system of gender inequality. Despite other differences, the contributors to this book all take what might be loosely called a "microstructural" approach to gender and interaction. All agree that individuals come to interaction with certain common, socially created beliefs, cultural meanings, experiences, and social rules. These include stereotypes about gendered activities and skills, beliefs about the status value of gender, rules for interacting in certain settings, and so on. However, as individuals apply these beliefs and rules to the specific contingent events of interaction, they combine and reshape their implications in distinctive ways that are particular to the encounter. As a result, individuals actively construct their social relations in the encounter through their interaction. The patterns of relations that develop are not completely determined or scripted in advance by the beliefs and rules of the larger society. Consequently, there is a reciprocal causal relationship between constructed patterns of interaction and larger social structural forms. The constructed patterns of social relations among a set of interactants can be thought of as micro-level social structures or, more simply, "microstructures.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Gender, Power, and Social Exchange

    Molm, Linda D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Gender, Formal Authority, and Leadership

    Johnson, Cathryn

    Pages 29-49

  • The Look of Power: Gender Differences and Similarities in Visual Dominance Behavior

    Ellyson, Steve L. (et al.)

    Pages 50-80

  • Touch Asymmetry Between the Sexes

    Hall, Judith A. (et al.)

    Pages 81-96

  • Sex Differences in Interaction Style in Task Groups

    Wood, Wendy (et al.)

    Pages 97-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Interaction, and Inequality
Editors
  • Cecilia L. Ridgeway
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2199-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2199-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-97578-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3098-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 248
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