The Challenges of Explaining Gender Differentiation

The Challenges of Explaining Gender Differentiation Sex Roles (2010) 62:702–704 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9724-3 BOOK REVIEW Gender Development. By Judith E. Owen Blakemore, Sheri A. Berenbaum, and Lynn S. Liben. New York, Psychology Press, 2009. 519 pp. (hardback). ISBN 978-0-8058-4170-1. David G. Perry & Rachel E. Pauletti Published online: 23 January 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009 Explaining gender differentiation poses unique challenges. Yet the authors of this book—a trio of well-published and It is difficult enough to explain the development of any highly respected gender scholars—have managed to do so. single psychological characteristic, such as physical ag- Gender Development should make a fine text for its gression, self-esteem, or competence in solving math word intended audience of graduate and advanced undergraduate problems. However, explaining gender differentiation car- students. It should also serve as an excellent reference ries the added burdens of cataloguing the numerous resource for gender researchers. Although there exist many attributes that distinguish the sexes, indentifying moder- textbooks on gender, this one is unique in that it focuses ators of the gender differences (e.g., age, contextual cues, specifically on developmental phenomena and, to our culture), explaining the differences between the genders knowledge, is the first to do so. The volume presents an (and any Sex Roles Springer Journals

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