Some Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Becoming Female

  • Thomas S. Weisner
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO, volume 2)


Cross-cultural data on child development and the socialization of boys and girls have been used to argue for and against most of the major hypotheses concerning the origins of sex differences. Margaret Mead’s Sex and Temperament (1950) is the most famous example of the use of cross-cultural data to celebrate the power of cultural differences. She demonstrated the potential of culture and social organization to mold and shape the sexes into behavioral styles, subsistence roles, and temperamental types. From this perspective, cross-cultural data show how differently girls and boys can be shaped in different societies.


Child Care Subsistence Economy Pastoral Society Cultural Pressure Western Industrial Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas S. Weisner
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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