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Gender Socialization and Identity Theory
AbstractGender socialization is examined through a social psychological lens by applying identity theory and identity control theory. Current research from the fields of family and sociological social psychology are surveyed to provide a better conception of how the family operates as agents of socialization, and how identities that are cultivated and fostered in youth provide meaning throughout the life course and maintain the social order. The application of identity theory shows how gender is a diffuse status characteristic, which is salient in person, role, and social (group) identities, and also across social situations. Identity control theory is applied to show how emotions operate within an internal control system to stabilize gendered identities and perpetuate the social structure. Both theories are specifically applied to understand socialization dynamics that exist for children and families.
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Carter, M.J. Gender Socialization and Identity Theory. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 242-263.View more citation formats
Carter MJ. Gender Socialization and Identity Theory. Social Sciences. 2014; 3(2):242-263.Chicago/Turabian Style
Carter, Michael J. 2014. "Gender Socialization and Identity Theory." Soc. Sci. 3, no. 2: 242-263.