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Gender Socialization and the Making of Gender in the Indian Context

Gender Socialization and the Making of Gender in the Indian Context

First Edition

December 2017 | 304 pages | SAGE India

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.

Each culture has a set of practices for teaching gender roles. This book examines the social arrangements in India that make a child conform to normative femininity or masculinity. It studies the role of family, religion, mythology, teachers, peer group and the various media in inculcating this. Further, the book looks at the root cause of sexist injustices rampant even today in the making of gender inequality.


Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I: Themes
Gender Study and Social Psychology: A Theoretical Approach
Gender: Meaning, Formation and Effects
Gender Socialization: Meaning, Nature and Scope
Part II: Perspectives: Agents of Gender Socialization
Role of Family
Role of Peer Group
Role of School
Role of Media
Role of Religion: Norms and Practices
Role of Religious Myths and Concepts

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Sujit Kumar Chattopadhyay

Sujit Kumar Chattopadhyay is former Chairman, West Bengal Regional School Service Commission (Western Region), Bankura. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, Bankura Zilla Saradamani Mahila Mahavidyapith, West Bengal. He has done PhD on ‘Gender Inequality, Popular Culture and Resistance: A Case Study of the District of Bankura’, under the guidance of Professor Harihar Bhattacharyya from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, in 2006. His published works include the books Revisiting Vivekananda: From Revival to Renaissance (2015), Gender Inequality, Popular Culture and Resistance in... More About Author

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