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date: 18 November 2017

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This chapter addresses the intricate interface between gender and culture, highlighting its pervasive influence on child development. It begins with an overview of gender as a social and cultural construct and discusses the major theoretical perspectives on gender development. We then discuss in detail the environments of gender socialization across cultures. Presented next is a developmental perspective on how gender has a profound effect on select developmental domains such as emotional, cognitive, and social. The final section contains critical reflections and recommendations for future research integrating culture and gender to better understand gender socialization and move toward transformative change and a more gender equitable world.

Keywords: gender, childhood, culture, development, socialization, stereotypes

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