Doing Gender Through Patterns

A Sociocultural Perspective




Play, Gender, Children, Patterns, Semiosis


in play. I build on feminist questionings of the notion of gender identity within the field of gender studies, to outline a sociocultural, psychological proposition. I propose to bridge the problem of sameness and fluidity in gender through the notion of psychological patterns, as semiotic and relational modes through which people express and develop their actions (Cabra, in press; Zittoun, 2020). The paper proceeds in three moves. First, I present the central tenets of a sociocultural psychology and develop an understanding of gender within this perspective. Second, I present and develop the idea of psychological patterns. Third, to substantiate my proposition, I present two examples of children doing gender and the patterns I argue they have so far developed.

Author Biography

Martina Cabra, Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel

Martina Cabra is currently based at the Institute of Psychology and Education at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland Her/his research centres on people’s development. Particularly, she has explored gender differentiation in children’s play and is currently studying the development of older people and their modes of housing.




How to Cite

Cabra, M. (2021). Doing Gender Through Patterns: A Sociocultural Perspective. International Review of Theoretical Psychologies, 1(2).



Social psychology - social representations, social positions and identity