Men and women differ, to be sure, and numerous academic and lay books have exploited those differences. This book does not presume that sex and gender differences occur in all communication between people. Rather, it explores where and when such differences occur. In other words, it examines sex differences in the way that men and women communicate within the context of sex similarities, and attempts to present a balanced approach to the topic.
Many books explore sex differences by examining power issues or the communication of intimacy. This volume explores both tendencies to control and to express oneself for purposes of intimacy. The wide range of topics discussed will appeal to everyone interested in sex differences -- those who examine issues of control as well as issues surrounding intimacy.
This book offers a blend of theoretical statements and empirical studies. That is, some chapters deal exclusively with expanding understanding of sex differences in communication, whereas other chapters investigate timely issues in reports of original research. The range of topics the contributors explore is substantial, and their essays are grouped according to two familiar dimensions of interaction: affect and control.
The book opens with a debate about the degree to which men and women are different. It then offers more abstract and theoretical discussions about where sex differences and similarities reside. The volume concludes with several specific empirical investigations of important research issues.
Contents: Preface. D.J. Canary, K. Dindia, Prologue: Recurring Issues in Sex Differences and Similarities in Communication. J.T. Wood, K. Dindia, What's the Difference? A Dialogue About Differences and Similarities Between Women and Men. P.H. Wright, Toward an Expanded Orientation to the Study of Sex Differences in Friendship. E. Aries, Gender Differences in Interaction: A Reexamination. P.A. Andersen, Researching Sex Differences Within Sex Similarities: The Evolutionary Consequences of Reproductive Differences. A.W. Kunkel, B.R. Burleson, Social Support and the Emotional Lives of Men and Women: An Assessment of the Different Cultures Perspective. A. Mulac, The Gender-Linked Language Effect: Do Language Differences Really Make a Difference? J.A. Hall, How Big Are Nonverbal Sex Differences? The Case of Smiling and Sensitivity to Nonverbal Cues. V.R. Waldron, L. Di Mare, Gender as a Culturally Determined Construct: Communication Styles in Japan and the United States. H.T. Reis, Gender Differences in Intimacy and Related Behaviors: Context and Process. M.R. Trost, J.K. Alberts, An Evolutionary View on Understanding Sex Effects in Communicating Attraction. M. Burgoon, R.S. Klingle, Gender Differences in Being Influential and/or Influenced: A Challenge to Prior Explanations. L.M. Sagrestano, C.L. Heavey, A. Christensen, Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Sex Differences and Similarities in Conflict Behavior. R.A. Clark, A Comparison of Topics and Objectives in a Cross Section of Young Men's and Women's Everyday Conversations. L.K. Guerrero, R.L. Reiter, Expressing Emotion: Sex Differences in Social Skills and Communicative Responses to Anger, Sadness, and Jealousy. J.K. Burgoon, D.B. Buller, J.R. Grandpre, P. Kalbfleisch, Sex Differences in Presenting and Detecting Deceptive Messages. E.B. Robey, D.J. Canary, C.S. Burggraf, Conversational Maintenance Behaviors of Husbands and Wives: An Observational Analysis. A.E. Lindsey, W.R. Zakahi, Perceptions of Men and Women Departing From Conversational Sex Role Stereotypes During Initial Interaction. P.A. Mongeau, C.M. Carey, M.L.M. Williams, First Date Initiation and Enactment: An Expectancy Violation Approach. M. Allen, Methodological Considerations When Examining a Gendered World.