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Portraits of Change: Unparalleled Freedoms, Unanticipated Consequences
     

Portraits of Change: Unparalleled Freedoms, Unanticipated Consequences

by Mary White Stewart
 

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Portraits of Change is a deep, intimate look at the powerful impact of the women’s movement and the widespread social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s on women’s lives. The author follows four generations of women in her family from the turn of the last century to the present as they came of age, married, divorced, and grew old. Enduring parallels and

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Portraits of Change is a deep, intimate look at the powerful impact of the women’s movement and the widespread social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s on women’s lives. The author follows four generations of women in her family from the turn of the last century to the present as they came of age, married, divorced, and grew old. Enduring parallels and family patterns tying one generation to the next were overwhelmed by the many differences erupting from the changes that swept through this country at mid-century. The changes were so vast, so powerful, that her grandmothers’ experiences of marriage, sex, work, motherhood, divorce, and aging bore little resemblance to her mother’s or her own. Yet on the most personal levels they dreamed the same dreams, suffered the same disappointments, and shared the same joys. In each generation they responded to the constraints and freedoms that would shape the next, not thinking their reactions would lead to unanticipated and often painful consequences for themselves, their daughters, and those who loved them. Relying on interviews conducted almost thirty years ago with her grandmothers as well as her own experiences and those of her mother and daughters, Mary White Stewart looks with unerring honesty at these lives and wonders at both the hard-earned freedoms and the painful, unanticipated consequences of rapid, historic change.

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Inc. Book News
As a scholar of family, gender, and identity, Stewart (sociology, U. of Nevada) sets her experiences and those of her family members in the context of changing female roles over a century of American life; but she did not write this book as an academic treatise (no references, bibliography, or index) but rather as a thoughtful personal history. Born in 1945, she was married and divorced three times, brought up children on her own, and became a college professor. As a young woman she had the wits and the drive to interview both of her grandmothers, and she incorporates their stories with her mother's, her daughters', and her own. The included family photos speak volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761860389
Publisher:
Hamilton Books
Publication date:
12/14/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
161
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Mary White Stewart is a professor of sociology and the director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. She teaches in the areas of family, gender and identity, and gendered violence. Her previous books include Ordinary Violence: Everyday Assaults against Women and Silicone Spills: Breast Implants on Trial.

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