What are three social theories of gender?

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What are three social theories of gender, and how might

social contexts influence gender development?

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the cognitive approach.

this theory gives importance to the internal states of the person as well as the environmental events; however it is the thinking and perception that is the key factor.The term cognition refers to "knowledge" as well as "the process of knowing.

The Cognitive Approach to Gender Roles The theory proposes the interaction of mental schema and social experience in directing gender role behavior.The cognitive approach focuses upon the child's "understanding". A child's understanding refers to the way he/she perceives and tackles a phenomenon

Lawrence Kohlberg's Cognitive Development Theory: The concept of Gender Constancy: Children understand gender just as they understand anything else. Children have experiences with people ofboth genders, they think about their experiences, having made sort of mental notes of what males and females do, and adopt behaviors performed by people of their own sex. Children do their own gender typing themselves. They make classifications of themselves and of others as male or female, and organize their behavior around that classification.

gender role is a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally considered acceptable, appropriate or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex. These are usually centered around opposing conceptions of femininity and masculinity although there are myriad exceptions and variations. The specifics regarding these gendered expectations may vary substantially among cultures, while other characteristics may be common throughout a range of cultures. There is ongoing debate as to what extent gender roles and their variations are biologically determined, and to what extent they are socially constructed.

Various groups have led efforts to change aspects of prevailing gender roles that they believe are oppressive or inaccurate, most notably the femininist movement.


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