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SOCI 305 2/23 Children’s Lives: Constructing Gender -Studying children revisited -How do children construct meanings of gender? -Roles of adults, peers, culture, & social structure -Messner’s findings; Thorne’s findings Role: Messner as detached observer Problem: kids are in a structured situation in which they know adults are watching. .. not a “natural” setting Role: Thorne as a “friend” problem: obvious age difference, trust issues, position of authority First awareness of gender: -playground conflicts -siblings -parental influence -toys -media/culture -teachers -Halloween Why Socialization doesn’t hold up for gender: -passive -doesn’t account for change, individual differences, or resistance Social Construction: -p315-Messner- “situationally constructed” ---> a performance
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Unformatted text preview: -product of interactions-ongoing process-product of power ex: boys shouldn’t cry Messner-”magnified moment” -- when gender becomes salient. .particularly evident in groups-product of parental choices-color identification (pink=girl)-culture-peers--police boundaries (that’s girly, don’t be a sissy, etc)-construction of masculinity as a rejection of femininity Thorne-cross-gender interactions-- as “border-work”-in groups children assume gender roles, but in individual interactions the roles are not as strictly adhered to Gender as an ongoing active process --- “interpretive reproduction” NOTES: Midterm due NEXT Tuesday March 2nd. available on blackboard. Will go over any questions on Thursday....
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