Do biological differences lead to differences in social behavior

Do biological differences lead to differences in social behavior

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Do biological differences lead to differences in social behavior? We don’t know Most sociologists believe that gender related behavior is a result of culture. Mead’s observation of tribes and gender roles. Gender roles are not fixed at birth. Making the job more difficult is the fact that there are vast differences in behavior within each sex Section 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Gender Functionalism – the division of responsibilities between males and females survives because it benefits. Historically, men were physically suited for some jobs , women for others, and men took the more dangerous tasks as they were more expendable. Modern society recognizes that traditional divisions have caused dysfunction. Conflict – It is to the advantage of men to prevent women from gaining access to resources. The status quo is to the advantage of men. Symbolic Interactionism – SI focuses on gender socialization, or how boys and girls learn to act
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Unformatted text preview: the way they are “supposed to act”. Roles are learned through interaction with parents, teachers, peers, and media. Parents – transfer values and attitudes regarding how boys and girls should behave. Gender socialization is firmly established by the age of 2 ½. (action figures vs. dolls, sports uniforms or dresses). Family chores are usually divided into boys and girls jobs. Schools – preschool and elementary teachers often encourage different behaviors from boys and girls. Boys tend to be more assertive, calling out answers; girls tend to wait more patiently with hands raised. Schools often dampen female competitiveness. Peers – teens who most closely mirror societies traditional gender roles are given the greatest respect. Feminine boys and masculine girls are assigned lower statuses....
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