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.
Chapter 5: Role of Peer Group
Role of Peer Group
‘The individual is socialized by his equals as well as his elders. In the peer group the individual associates with others who are approximately his own age and social status’.1 Different agencies participate in the process of gender socialization of which the role of peer group is worthy of mentioning. Peer group is a social group whose members have social position and age in common. Due to the similarity of age and position, the members share in common some ideas about gender among them and willingly or unwillingly become a part of the knowledge so received in respect of gender through the discussion among the peers. Such knowledge includes ideas about gender relation, gender identity, gender stereotypes, ...