'Sex and Society'

University of Chicago Record

Under the title given above nine studies in the social psychology of sex by Associate Professor William I. Thomas, of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, have been collected into a volume recently published by the University of Chicago Press. These studies have previously appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the Zeitschrift für Socialwissenschaft, the Psychological Review and the Forum. The book opens with an essay of fifty pages on the "Organic Differences in the Sexes." and closes with a discussion of sixty pages on "The Mind of Woman and the Lower Races." "Sex and Primitive Social Control," "Sex and Social Feeling," "Sex and Primitive Morality," "The Psychology of Exogamy," "The Psychology of Modesty and Clothing," and "The Adventitious Character of Woman" are among the titles of the remaining studies.

In the author’s note at the beginning of the volume Professor Thomas says that the general thesis running through all of the studies is the same —"that the differences in bodily habit between men and women, particularly the greater strength, restlessness, and motor aptitude of man, and the more stationary condition of woman, have had an important influence on social forms and activities, and on the character and mind of the two sexes."

The volume has already gone to a second edition.


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