Sex Roles

, Volume 80, Issue 9–10, pp 645–646 | Cite as

Centering Gender in Communication through a Critical Gendered Lens

Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction (3rd ed.). By Catherine Helen Palczewski, Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco, and Danielle Dick McGeough, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage, 2019. 321 pp. $105.00 (softcover). ISBN: 978-1506358451
  • Julia MooreEmail author
Book Review

Gender/sex differences are accentuated and reiterated in popular culture, creating a reality wherein men and women are so diametrically opposed that they are separate species or originate from different planets (Foss, Domenico, & Foss, 2013; Wood, 2002), and non-heterosexual and/or non-binary individuals do not even seem to exist in the same solar system. These differences are often rationalized through gender/sex as two static, inherent identity categories that determine, or at least greatly influence, personalities, thoughts, communication styles, roles, hierarchies, and so forth. Gender/sex, then, is often understood as the psychological and/or biological starting point for everything that follows and thus “cannot be changed by social action” (Palczewski, DeFrancisco, & McGeough, 2019, p. 37). Like popular culture, much social scientific gender research magnifies gender differences at the expense of similarities and intersectional nuances (Dow & Condit, 2005; Dow & Wood, 2006;...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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