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Luisa Batalha & Katherine J. Reynolds

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 11: Gender and Personality: Beyond Gender Stereotypes toSocial Identity and the Dynamics of Social Change

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Gender and Personality: Beyond Gender Stereotypes toSocial Identity and the Dynamics of Social Change
Gender and Personality: Beyond Gender Stereotypes to Social Identity and the Dynamicsof Social Change
Luisa BatalhaKatherine J. Reynolds
Introduction

It is a common belief, among lay people and scientists alike, that there are basic personalitydifferences between men and women that make them behave in distinctive ways. In this chapter webriefly follow the historical development of ideas regarding the gender–personalityrelationship. This historical perspective also makes it possible to discern how changes in gendertheorizing are accompanied by changes in society at large. The evidence suggests that genderdifferences should be considered (at this point in time at least) as more spurious than real, andthat social forces along with cultural stereotypes and intergroup relations between dominant (male)and ...

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