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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 Religion: Norms and Practices
Role of religion: Norms and practices

Gender socialization, being an ongoing process, continuously shapes and reshapes the gender perception of boys and girls of every society by the use of so many social and cultural norms and practices of that given society. When the socialization process aims at exploring the gendered nature of these norms and practices and accordingly inspires the men and women to shape and reshape their behaviour in accordance with the perception of gender of a given society, then it is called gender socialization. Historical evidences prove that in almost all societies and across all cultures religion works as the chief source of all the norms of a society—be it social, political or cultural. ‘Most cultures ...

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