Too many women?: the sex ratio question

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Sage Publications, Mar 1, 1983 - Psychology - 277 pages
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`The basic premise of this provocative book is a startling one - that sex ratios among people on the marriage market have profound consequences for a wide variety of attitudes, values, and behaviors, from sexual mores and behavior to shifts in economic power...the authors share with the reader a wealth of fascinating data and information...a book which is...fascinating, scholarly, provocative and exceedingly well-written.' -- Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol 10 No 2

`Written by social scientists with training and considerable publication in social psychology, this book is a unique contribution to the literature on women, sex roles, and the history of relations between men and women. No similar book is available to the academic community.' -- Sociology, September//October 1983

`Here is a highly original contribution to the 'feminist debate' which should be of interest to demographers, whether male or female. A review can only give an indication of the many stimulating, well-documented ideas and arguments advanced.' -- Biology and Society, Vol 1 No 2, June 1984

`Too Many Women? is useful for courses on the family and social change but is a necessary reference for those interested in social changes in relationships. The argument is soundly convincing, the case artfully presented, and the book designed to generate considerable interest.' -- Family Relations, Vol 34 No 1

`This volume is well written...Bibliography and references are more than adequate. Useful as suggested or supplementary reading in undergraduate courses in sociology of the family, gender roles, or family studies.' -- Choice, December 1983

`...this is a book well worth reading. It is controversial, ambitious, consciousness-raising, and informative.' -- Contemporary Psychology, Vol 29 No 5, 1984

`this book should be read for the originality of its authors' ideas and the promise of their hypotheses.' -- Signs, Summer 1987

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Contents

Preface
9
Clues from the Past
35
3 Love and Misogyny in Medieval Europe
53
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About the author (1983)

Guttentag was Director of the Families and Stress Research Project at Harvard University. A social psychologist with a passion for social action, she identified herself with many causes, including the reduction of poverty and advocacy of women's rights. She was also an active researcher, founder and first President of the Evaluation Research Society of America, and past President of the Society for the Study of Social Psychological Issues and of the Division of Personality and Social Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Secord is Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Houston. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton, Yale, and Oxford Universities and is past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and of the Division of Personality and Social Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has twice been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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