Latin America pp 111-139 | Cite as

Gender, Socialization, and Women’s Roles

  • Robert C. Williamson


A tantalizing phenomenon in Western culture over the last one hundred years is the shift in sex roles and the search for gender identity. Beginning with the 1960s several marginal groups were demanding a redefinition of their status in society, first in Europe and North America, with Latin America nearly a generation behind. Not the least vocal were women. Accompanying the continuing debate over gender are still others over ethnicity, age groups, differing disabilities as with physical handicap, and sexual orientation. This chapter analyzes the meanings and consequences of gender. Especially important is the changing role of women in the home, workplace, and the political scene.


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