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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Wienclaw, Ruth A.;

2009 / EBSCO

Description

In the West, gender was traditionally thought to be a result of a biological imperative; however, not every culture across the globe has the same gender role expectations. Although views on gender can be credited to the modernization of the norms and values of a society, even in more primitive societies, gender role modifications can be seen. Cross-cultural differences in gender roles are not only defined by international boundaries, but by cultural differences between generations and even ethnicities within a single society. With the increasing globalization of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the gender roles and expectations not only of one's own culture but of other cultures as well. To truly understand cross-cultural differences it is important that the appropriate research instruments be developed. This, in turn, will support social scientists in the task of better understanding the nature, place, and contribution of gender roles to culture and society.