Gender and Interpersonal Task Behaviors: Status Expectation Accounts

  title={Gender and Interpersonal Task Behaviors: Status Expectation Accounts},
  author={David G. Wagner and Joseph Berger},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={1 - 32}
In this paper we argue for the utility of status characteristics theory (Berger et al. 1977) in accounting for research concerned with gender differences in interpersonal task situations. We state and defend a basic status argument that differences in stereotypical gender task behaviors are a direct function of status differences or of attempts to cope with status differences. We show support for this argument in several areas of research: the influence, participation and performer evaluations… 

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