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Lecture 4

SOC 225 Lecture 4: Soc 225 Lecture 4

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SOC 225
Michael Vaughn

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Soc 225: Sociology of Sex and Gender
Lecture 4
Cognitive Developmental Theory
Why Study Children
- When we want to study a sociological phenomenon, we often have to imagine a world
without it.
- People are not born with gender, so we can study how it arises and track how gender
changes people
- Imperfect, but effective method
- Sample matters
Cognition thought, how we process information
Social Cognition the way we think rooted in language and communication (requires people
around you)
Development change over time, often as we age
Cognitive Development
- Takes a cognitive developmental approach means assuming the way we think changes
as we grow older
- Children actively explore the world around them
- Childres lear through experience
- Developmental stages (age, usually impact what children can learn)
Cognitive Developmental Theory
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Children actively seek out information about gender
Halim et al.
- Strictness of gender roles and stereotypes vary with ages
- Power of sanction may change in a lifecycle
Kane et al.
- Use other as props for gender performance
- Fathers were using the way they raised their son to reiterate their masculinity
- Children become a proxy for gender performance for fathers
Using biology as first schema in how to do social life
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