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Michelle K. Ryan & Nyla R. Branscombe

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 1: Understanding Gender: Methods, Content, andControversies

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Understanding Gender: Methods, Content, andControversies
Understanding Gender: Methods, Content, and Controversies
Michelle K. RyanNyla R. Branscombe

Almost 40 years have passed since the publication of Maccoby and Jacklin’s (1974) seminalwork The Psychology of Sex Differences. The book played a crucial role in bringing togetherthe, until then, amorphous literature on gender differences within psychology, and in shapingresearch in the field in subsequent years. Maccoby and Jacklin’s book is deservedly a classicwithin psychology, and as such it is a useful reference point from which we can examine the currentstate of the psychological literature in relation to gender.

In this first chapter we have the twin aims of introducing readers to the exciting contributionsto be found in this Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology, and also to take stock of ...

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