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A social transformation of profound proportions has been unfolding over the second half of the twentieth century as women have turned from household work to wages as the key source of their livelihood. This timely study, a broad comparative analysis of African American women’s and white women’s changing relationships to home and work over the past forty years, at last provides a wide-ranging overview of how this shift is influencing the shape of families and the American economy. Susan Thistle brings together diverse issues and statistics—the plight of single mothers; the time crunch faced by many parents; the problem of housework; patterns of work, employment and marriage; and much more—in a rich and engaging analysis that draws from history, economics, political science, sociology, government documents, and census data to put gender at the center of the social and economic changes of the past decades. With its broad historical and theoretical sweep, clear charts and tables, and accessible writing, From Marriage to the Market will be an essential resource for understanding the tumultuous changes currently transforming American society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520245907
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Thistle is Associate Chair and Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

1 A world turned inside out 1
2 Support for women's domestic economy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 15
3 The breakdown of women's domestic economy after World War II 35
4 Economic difficulties and a contradictory alliance 54
5 The formation of a female underclass 79
6 The "new economy" and the transformation of women's work 99
7 How and why mothers have been shortchanged 133
8 New possibilities and old inequalities 167
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