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WISE 2P86 2011 Spring Couse Chapter 2

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Department
Women's and Gender Studies
Course
WGST 2P86
Professor
Indra Hardeen
Semester
Summer

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Chapter 2In the context of changing gender roles it is important to look at changes throughout historyEconomic causation is assigned the main role in shaping the changesIn terms of the nature of males and females as late as the 1970s men were viewed as hunters and women were viewed as nurturersFemale nature was seen as compliant not competitive and a womans life centred around the homeMore recent research suggests that no generalization holds for all speciesThe point is that any attribute or behaviour that is always male or female is an argument that must be made with cautionHomo sapiens shape their actions and relations based on norms and expectations of their societies not blind animal instinctsBiological nature is seen as a broad base upon which a variety of structures with respect to socially determined gender differences can be builtSociobiology has followed
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