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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.

Role of Family
Role of family

Gender socialization is a process through which one develops gender awareness and gender identity of his/her own from early childhood. Sex is considered as a biological construction. But in contrast to sex, gender is considered as social and cultural construct and it is shaped by many social and cultural norms and orientations which are practically enforced through many a groups and organizations that influence the gender orientation and its shaping over the years. It is important to study the role played by these groups and organizations in the development of gender orientations of man and woman. These groups and organizations are known as agents of gender socialization. There are three main categories of socializing agents that play their ...

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