Beyond traditional understanding of gender measurement: the gender (re)presentation approach

Luyt, Russell (2013) Beyond traditional understanding of gender measurement: the gender (re)presentation approach. Journal of Gender Studies. ISSN 1465-3869

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Abstract

This paper considers different approaches to measuring gender. It critically reviews gender role theorising and describes how this has informed two approaches to measuring gender as an individual phenomenon: gender orientation (the assessment of individual traits) and gender ideology (assessing individual endorsement, and internalisation, of social norms). It is argued here that social constructionist perspectives offer a viable alternative to gender role theory and that these inform an alternative approach to measuring gender as a social phenomenon: gender (re)presentation. This approach assesses group level endorsement of dominant gender representations. Endorsement is not seen to reflect individual traits or internalised social norms. Rather, it is understood as a social practice, made meaningful through shared understanding of dominant gender representation. This approach is introduced through a critique of the traditional concept of attitudes and a reformulation thereof. The practical measurement implications and benefit of this reformulation are outlined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Luyt,R., 2013. Beyond traditional understanding of gender measurement: the gender (re)presentation approach. Journal of Gender Studies, Published online 05 Aug 2013..
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:52
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/315886

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