Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships

Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships

by Carmen Knudson-Martin
     
 

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"[A] comprehensive, critical, empirical, and practical compilation of investigations about how diverse couples are trying to implement change and pursue equality in their relationships."

-Katherine R. Allen, PhD
Virginia Polytechnic Institute&State University

"[A] true gift to couple researchÖ.The studies reported in this

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"[A] comprehensive, critical, empirical, and practical compilation of investigations about how diverse couples are trying to implement change and pursue equality in their relationships."

-Katherine R. Allen, PhD
Virginia Polytechnic Institute&State University

"[A] true gift to couple researchÖ.The studies reported in this marvelously disciplined collection hold living implications for couples and their therapists."

-Evan Imber-Black
Director, Center for Families and Health,
Ackerman Institute for the Family

While numerous couples strive for equality in their relationships, many are unaware of the insidious ways in which gender and power still affect them-from their career choices to communication patterns, child-rearing, housework, and more. Written for mental health professionals and others interested in contemporary couple relationships, this research-based book shows how couples are able to move beyond the dangers of gendered inequality and the legacy of hidden male power.

The book analyzes the relationships of couples from various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The contributors present innovative clinical interventions, and suggest strategies therapists can use to help couples transform their relationships from being gender-based to equality-based.

Explores these key issues:

  • The risks of being in a relationship ruled by "gender legacy" behavior
  • The differences between couples who get caught in gender legacy patterns and those who do not
  • Gender-based patterns across the life cycle, including newly formed couples; early marriage; child-rearing; mothering and fathering
  • Gendered power in couples dealing with illness; ethnic and racial differences; immigration and displacement issues

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826117564
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Anne Rankin Mahoney is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Denver, where she also served three years as Director of Women's Studies. Her current areas of interest are gender, women's studies, couple relationships, and family. She has written numerous articles in these areas as well as articles and a book on juvenile justice, entitled Juvenile Justice in Context. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and her M.A. from Northwestern University.

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