From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women's Lives and Work / Edition 1

From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women's Lives and Work / Edition 1

by Susan Thistle
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University of California Press
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From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women's Lives and Work / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520246461
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/22/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 311
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables

1. A World Turned
Inside Out
2. Support for Women’s Domestic Economy in the
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
3. The Breakdown of Women’s Domestic Economy after World War II
4. Economic Difficulties and a Contradictory Alliance
5. The Formation of a Female Underclass
6. The “New Economy” and the Transformation of Women’s Work
7. How and Why Mothers Have Been Shortchanged
8. New Possibilities and Old



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