Belonging to Gender: Social Identities, Symbolic Boundaries and Images

Ana Flávia do Amaral Madureira

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Belonging to Gender: Social Identities, Symbolic Boundaries and Images

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Symbolic boundaries mark the differences between individuals and social groups in daily life. These symbolic boundaries are deeply connected with the feelings of belonging to specific social groups. What does belonging to gender mean? Social control related to the feminine body and sexuality is a field in which the study of reproduction of inequalities in the domain of gender relations is of interest. It is necessary to construct creative analytical and methodological strategies to investigate gender issues inserted in broad cultural meaning systems, historically constructed. In this paper, I consider the analytical and methodological relevance of images as data sources in the context of psychological science.

Keywords: gender; social identities; symbolic boundaries; meaning-making processes; images as cultural artifacts

Article.  14171 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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