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Gender, emotion, and the family
Brody, Leslie.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
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vi, 359 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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1460 Lexile.
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Do women express their feelings more than men? Popular stereotypes say they do, but in this text, Leslie Brody breaks with conventional widsom. Her work integrates biological and socio-cultural developments to explore the nature and extent of gender differences in emotional expression, as well as the endlessly complex questions of how such differences come about.

Author Notes

Leslie Brody is Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University.

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Library Journal Review

This academic treatise deals with the relationship of family, gender, and emotion. Brody (Ph.D., Boston Univ.) has been involved for many years in the study of gender differences. Drawing on a wealth of research, she illuminates the ways in which men and women, boys and girls, develop and express emotions in the context of the family. Research across cultures and age groups is included but, interestingly, there is no mention of matriarchal societies. This in-depth research addresses many issues, from power in relationships to the physiological expression of emotion; evidence of contradictory findings is detailed. This is a valuable addition to the ever-changing frontiers of behavior research. With footnotes and an extensive bibliography; for upper-division undergraduates and above.√ĄMargaret Cardwell, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Finally, an accurate and well-balanced discussion of topics that are on everybody's mind. Brody (Boston Univ.) integrates research on the socialization of violence in boys and of the caretaking role for girls. Both this book and actual scientific research strongly support the role of nurture rather than nature in gender socialization. Fathers who are nurturing emerge as a critical factor in the development of emotionally healthy boys, in sharp contrast to fathers who represent US society's stereotype of maleness. Missing here is a discussion of gendered emotion in single-family homes; this reviewer would not rush to judgment on this topic because actual scientific research does not always support public opinion. Brody does a valuable service in debunking the popular mythology of gender stereotypes epitomized by John Gray's Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992). This reviewer's findings agree with Brody's: there are no consistent findings of gender differences in the human brain and no evidence that testosterone makes human males violent. Although this highly recommended book deserves the media exposure normally not accorded scholarly works, it should at least be readily available for the general public to find in any library. It is a must for all academic collections. F. Smolucha; Moraine Valley Community College

Table of Contents

1 Introductionp. 1
I The Nature and Extent of Gender Differences
2 Understanding Emotional Expressionp. 15
3 Words, Faces, Voices, and Behaviorsp. 26
4 Physiological Arousal and Patterns of Emotional Expressionp. 58
5 Sad or Mad? The Quality of Emotionsp. 78
II Gender, Biology, and the Family
6 The State of the Art: Biological Differences?p. 101
7 Transactional Relationships within Familiesp. 128
8 Gender Identification and De-identification in the Familyp. 147
9 Fathers and the Family Climatep. 177
III Cultural Origins and Consequences of Gender Differences
10 Social Motives, Power, and Rolesp. 201
11 Stereotypes and Display Rulesp. 227
12 The Power of Peersp. 244
13 The Health Consequences of Gender-Stereotypic Emotional Expressionp. 260
14 Rethinking Gender and Emotionp. 281
Notesp. 289
Referencesp. 303
Indexp. 355