Feminization of the Clergy in America [NOOK Book]

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Spanning more than 70 years, 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 ...
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Feminization of the Clergy in America

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Overview

Spanning more than 70 years, 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. Nesbitt also examines career prospects for increasing numbers of second-career clergy, the decline in young men, backlash against the increasing presence of ordained women, overall shifts in how denominations are utilizing clergy, and how women's careers have become disproportionately caught in these changes. Her analysis opens and concludes with an overview of potential change in religious understanding, expression, and tradition that women clergy represent, and the interplay between gender enactment and religious authority to legitimate and maintain dominance in social relations. This provocative work should be of great interest to administrators and clergy in a range of denominations, and will contribute to the sociological study of gender stratification.
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195355451
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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Iliff School of Theology
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Tradition or Transformation: Women's Struggle over Religious Authority and Leadership 9
2 Clergy in Two Religious Organizations 29
3 Ordination and Entry Jobs: Critical Criteria 41
4 The Second Job: Key to the Career Path 57
5 Clergy Careers over Time: A 60-Year Portrait 73
6 Decline and Fall of the Young Male Cleric 90
7 Feminization and Backlash 107
8 Structural Change in the Ministry 135
9 Clergy Feminization: Controlled Labor or Liberationist Change? 161
App. A Clergy Job Titles Aggregated by Job Level 178
App. B Demographic Variables 186
App. C Mean (average) Career Trajectory 190
Notes 191
Bibliography 245
Index 269
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