Sex Roles, Vol. 40, Nos. 7/8, 1999 The Two Sexes: Growing up A part, Coming Together. By Eleanor Mac- coby. Cambridge , MA : The Belknap Press of Harvard Unive rsity Press, 1998. Price unknown. In many respects, Eleanor Maccoby can be conside red the godmothe r of developmental research examining gender differences. Her earlier worksÐ The Development of Sex Differences and The Psychology of Sex Differ- encesÐ publishe d in the late 60s and early 70s, signi® cantly shape d research perspectives for several decades. Her new work entitle d The Two Sexes: G rowing up Apart, Coming Together, is poise d to do the same. In this provocative piece, Maccoby explore s the causes and consequences of a phenomenon gaining increasing attention: gender segregation. Gender seg- regation is the tendency for childre n to associate mostly with same-se x playmate s. It is not a new phenomenon, and has been observed for genera- tions and across culture s. It begins to appe ar in the third year of life, becomes stronge r during the preschool years, and like ly reaches its peak around ages 8± 11. It produce s two culture s of childhood, a boy culture
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