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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.
|2||Gender as Structure||13|
|3||Necessity and the Invention of Mothering||45|
|4||Women's Hard Choices: Mothering in the Twentieth Century||72|
|5||Playing Fair: Equity for the Educationally Elite||93|
|6||Ideology, Experience, Identity: The Complex Worlds of Children in Fair Families||128|
|7||Toward a Dizzy but Liberating Future||151|