Psychology of Gender Through the Lens of Culture

Theories and Applications

  • Saba Safdar
  • Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Saba Safdar, Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka
    Pages 1-14
  3. Research with Specific Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Konstantin O. Tskhay, Nicholas O. Rule
      Pages 55-73
  4. Gender Across the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Joyce Lai Ting Leong, Sylvia Xiaohua Chen, Michael Harris Bond
      Pages 77-91
    3. Gunes N. Zeytinoglu, Richard F. Bonnabeauis
      Pages 93-112
    4. Irina A. Shmeleva, Ludmila G. Pochebut
      Pages 147-167
    5. Małgorzata Mikołajczak, Janina Pietrzak
      Pages 169-191
    6. Soledad de Lemus, Pilar Montañés, Jesús L. Megías, Miguel Moya
      Pages 219-237
    7. Deborah L. Best, Alexandra M. DeLone
      Pages 265-283
    8. Anna-Emilia Hietanen, Susan Pick
      Pages 285-305
    9. Claude-Hélène Mayer, Antoni Barnard
      Pages 327-349
  5. Applications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 409-410

About this book


This unique collection brings a rarely-seen indigenous and global perspective to the study of gender and psychology. Within these chapters, researchers who live and work in the countries and cultures they study examine gender-based norms, values, expression, and relations across diverse Western and non-Western societies. Familiar as well as less-covered locations and topics are analyzed, including China, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey, Central America, the experience of refugees, and gendered health inequities across Africa such as in the treatment of persons with HIV. Included, too, are examples of culturally appropriate interventions to address disparities, and data on the extent to which these steps toward equality are working.


Structurally, the volume is divided into three sections. The first two parts of the book take readers on a journey to different regions of the world to illustrate the most recent trends in research concerning gender issues, and then outline present implications and future prospects for the psychological analysis of both gender & culture. The third section of the book has an applied perspective and focuses on the cultural norms and values reinforcing gender equality as well as cultural and social barriers to them.


A sampling of the topics covered:


  • Sexual orientation across culture and time.
  • A broader conceptualization of sexism in Poland.
  • An analysis of gender roles within the family in Switzerland
  • Modern-day dowries in South Asian international arranged marriages.
  • The current state of gender equality in the United States of America.
  • Socio-cultural determinants of gender disparity in Ghana.


Psychology of Gender Through the Lens of Culture is a milestone toward core human rights and goals worldwide, and a critical resource for psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, gender studies researchers, public policy makers and all those interested in promoting gender equality throughout the world.


cross-cultural psychology and gender female empowerment gender and culture gender and psychology gender equality across cultures work-family balance

Editors and affiliations

  • Saba Safdar
    • 1
  • Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka
    • 2
  1. 1.PsychologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.University of Gdansk Institute of PsychologyGdanskPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14004-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14005-6
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