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Gender Socialization and the Making of Gender in the Indian Context discusses what gender is, its formation and effects, and how children form gender identities by conforming to social expectations and imitating gender-specific behaviour. As they grow older, they learn to assimilate this behaviour and the norms that they had earlier merely imitated. They also learn the consequences of deviating from these norms.

Gender Socialization: Meaning, Nature and Scope
Gender socialization: Meaning, nature and scope

The uniqueness of human beings lies in the fact that humans, in spite of being the result of biological evolution, are not solely guided by the instinct which motivates the animal world and its functions. In contrast to the animal world, human being learns how to regulate and control the instincts and how to express his/her behaviour in a planned way mostly approved by the society. So the humanness has necessarily two segments—one is physical which is the result of biological evolution and the other is mental which is socially created. It is the mental attributes of the human being that ultimately differentiate them from the animal and leaves a clear impression of ...

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