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Feminization of the Clergy in America
     

Feminization of the Clergy in America

by Paula D. Nesbitt
 

Feminization is said to occur when women enter any given occupation in substantial numbers, and ostensibly leads to such dynamics as sex-segregation, reduced opportunities for men, and depressed wages and diminished prestige for the occupation as a whole. Spanning more than 70 years, Paula Nesbitt's study of feminization concentrates on the Episcopal Church and the

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Feminization is said to occur when women enter any given occupation in substantial numbers, and ostensibly leads to such dynamics as sex-segregation, reduced opportunities for men, and depressed wages and diminished prestige for the occupation as a whole. Spanning more than 70 years, Paula Nesbitt's study of feminization concentrates on the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association, utilizing both statistical results and interviews to compare occupational patterns prior and subsequent to the large influx of women clergy. Among her findings, the author discovers that a decline in men's opportunities is evident before the 1970s, preceding the great influx of women over the last two decades. She also finds that increases in the number of women ordained reduced occupational prospects for other women, but enhanced those for men, thus contradicting the popular myth that women in the workplace are responsible for occupational decline.

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"A significant contribution to the discipline. The author's focus on organizational behavior moves beyond the realm of attitudinal surveys administered at one point in time. Her use of both history and biography is a good illustration of the 'sociological imagination' advocated by the late C. Wright Mills."—Ruth A. Wallace, George Washington University

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Concentrating on the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association over the past 70 years, draws on both statistics and interviews to compare occupational patterns in churches before and after the large influx of women clergy. In contrast to popular impressions, finds that men's opportunities were declining before 1970 and women's influx, and that increases in the number of women ordained reduced the prospects for other women but enhanced those for men. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195106862
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
1850L (what's this?)

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Iliff School of Theology

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