Dynamic stereotypes about women and men in Latin America and the United States

Amanda B. Diekman*, Alice H Eagly, Antonio Mladinic, Maria Cristina Ferreira

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Abstract

To test the hypothesis that a group undergoing social change is believed to adopt traits associated with its new roles, this study examined perceptions of women and men of the past, present, and future in Brazil, Chile, and the United States. These dynamic stereotypes, which are present-day beliefs about a group as changing its characteristics, followed the specific profile of role change in each nation. The perception of men as increasing in masculine characteristics, which was found only in Chile and Brazil, cohered with changes in their roles following industrialization and democratization. The perception of women as increasing in masculine characteristics, which was found in all three nations, cohered with their increasing participation in public roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-226
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

Keywords

  • Gender stereotypes
  • Latin america
  • Social change
  • Social role theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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