Theoretical Analyses of Gender


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Sociologists who study gender often see which group as the dominant one in society?

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1. According to the structural functionalist approach to studying gender roles, why have women traditionally been seen as subordinate to their male counterparts?

2. Which historical event led to an imbalance between the power structure of men and women?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gender is something that affects all of our lives in multiple ways, but for all its importance many people still don't understand it thoroughly. The assessment questions found here will test you on some of the theories of gender that have been put forward. You'll be tested on points from the attached lesson, such as reasons for different gender roles and historical events that affected gender equality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Views on the dominant gender
  • The structural functionalist approach to gender
  • Historical causes of imbalances of gender power
  • Theories on gender
  • The meaning of symbols

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - ensure that you can accurately recall information pertaining to the different theories of gender and the specifics and causes of gender dynamics in society
  • Distinguishing differences - articulate the different approaches to studying gender and check that you can comprehensively distinguish the specific points of each
  • Knowledge application - use the information found in the attached lesson to identify specific theories and approaches to gender, reasons for gender dynamics in society, and how each gender is perceived in social contexts

Additional Learning

To learn more about the different gender theories, review the corresponding lesson called Theoretical Analyses of Gender. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of gender theory
  • Structural functionalism
  • Conflict theory
  • Symbolic interactionism