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REPRESENTATIONS OF AGENCY AND COMMUNION IN NARRATIVES ABOUT THE SELF VERSUS GENDERED OTHERS

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Material Information

Title:
REPRESENTATIONS OF AGENCY AND COMMUNION IN NARRATIVES ABOUT THE SELF VERSUS GENDERED OTHERS
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Parker, Taylor S.
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Psychology, Gender Studies
Faculty Sponsor:
Barton, Michelle

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This study examined differences in children’s representations of agency (exerting influence to achieve desired outcomes) and communion (feelings of social belongingness) in narratives about the self versus gendered others. These themes were coded for in four different narratives (one about the self, as well as one each about a masculine, feminine, and androgynous puppet) generated by 20 children. Though data were not analyzed directly between gender conditions, differences in correlational patterns between girls and boys for themes and age emerged. For girls, descriptions of dynamic physical activity decreased with age in importance as well as propensity, and descriptions of physical or psychological strength increased in importance and propensity with age for feminine puppet narratives; however, only an increased propensity to cite themes of prestige was found with increased age in self narratives. For boys, the propensity to cite themes of positive reciprocal communication, the importance of positive reciprocal communication, and the importance of affection in self narratives increased with age, though no themes were correlated with age and masculine puppet narratives. The findings of this study suggest that increases in age influence descriptions of gendered others in a manner that reflects gendered notions of agency and communion, but representations of the self are less constrained by these cultural norms.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Taylor S. Parker
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Barton, Michelle

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 P3
System ID:
AA00024789:00001

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