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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition

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Just as every society has an economic and political structure, so too every society has a gender structure. Barbara Risman's original research on single fathers, married baby boom mothers, and heterosexual egalitarian couples and their children, reported in this intriguing book, weaves together qualitative and quantitative data from surveys, interviews, and observation. Risman shows how gender as a social structure affects individuals, organizes expectations attached to social positions, and becomes an integral part of social institutions. She provides empirical evidence that human beings are capable of enduring and affective intimate ships without gender as the central organizing mechanism. The data also strongly indicate that men and women are capable of changing gendered ways of being throughout their lives.<P>In her analysis of nontraditional families, Risman finds that gender expectations can be overcome if couples are willing to flout society and risk "gender vertigo". Most children of such families adopt their parents' beliefs about gender, but they do struggle with the contradictions between parental ideology and folk knowledge and expectations in peer relationships. The author argues that we can create a just society only by creating a society in which gender is an irrelevant category for social life — a post-gender society.<P>"This book offers original and extensive data on families where men 'mother' and where equality is built into family arrangements. Risman proves that gender equality is a realistic ideal even in the most traditional gendered structure — the heterosexual family". — Judith Lorber, author of Paradoxes of Gender

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300072150
Subtitle:
American Families in Transition
Author:
Risman, Barbara J.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven, Conn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Husband and wife
Subject:
Sex role -- United States.
Subject:
Family -- United States.
Subject:
Parent and child -- United States.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
[9-65]
Publication Date:
19990910
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.6 lb

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