Young, White, and Miserable: Growing up Female in the Fifties

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Young, White, and Miserable is a critically acclaimed study that compellingly shows how the feminist movement of the 1960s found momentum in the seemingly peaceable time of the 1950s. Wini Breines explores white middle class America and argues that mixed messages given to girls during this decade lent fuel to the fire that would later become known as feminism. Concluding with a look at the life and suicide of social scientist Anne Parsons, this book is a poignant and important look into conditions that led to the...

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Overview

Young, White, and Miserable is a critically acclaimed study that compellingly shows how the feminist movement of the 1960s found momentum in the seemingly peaceable time of the 1950s. Wini Breines explores white middle class America and argues that mixed messages given to girls during this decade lent fuel to the fire that would later become known as feminism. Concluding with a look at the life and suicide of social scientist Anne Parsons, this book is a poignant and important look into conditions that led to the women's movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a revelatory look at the young women's culture of the '50s, Breines contends that the frustrated women of that generation were unheralded pioneers of the women's movement. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226072616
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wini Breines is a professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Northeastern University. She is coeditor most recently of Takin' It To the Streets: A Sixties Reader.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction
1. The Experts' Fifties: Women, Men, and Male Social Scientists
2. Family Legacies
3. Sexual Puzzles
4. The Other Fifties: Beats, Bad Girls, and Rock and Roll
5. Alone in the Fifties: Anne Parsons and the Feminine Mystique Conclusion Notes Index

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