Gender Ideologies

  • Anna Chatillon
  • Maria CharlesEmail author
  • Karen Bradley
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


This chapter provides a broad overview of sociological research on gender ideologies and their co-constitutive relationships with individuals, social groups, and societies. Gender ideologies are sets of widely taken-for-granted cultural beliefs about the essential natures and relative worth of men and women. In contemporary Western societies, these beliefs are nearly always based on a binary understanding of two naturally distinct and “opposite” sexes that are rooted in biology and map unambiguously onto two gender categories. The chapter starts with a discussion of measurement issues. This is followed by a review of empirical and theoretical research on how ideologies about gender shape persons, interpersonal interactions, and social institutions, and on the factors that predict ideological variability within and across societies. The chapter closes with suggestions for further study.


Gender Ideology Attitudes Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Western Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

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