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

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University of California Press, 2006 - History - 296 pages
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"This is a provocative and fresh synthesis of the history of white and black women's work at home and in the market, as well as a history of the family over the last century. It represents a staggering volume of scholarship."--Paula England, author of Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence

"From Marriage to Market shows how our world has been turned inside out and what we must do to get it right again. Thistle argues that in the collision between families and the market, care giving has been the victim. Refusing to anoint the 1950's as the golden era of shared prosperity to which we should all strive to return, this book shows us a way forward."--Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research

"From Marriage to Market offers groundbreaking thought on the 20th century collapse of women's domestic economy. Thistle shows the utter failure of social policy to tackle this transformation, which produced new forms of race and class inequities among women. This book makes a powerful claim for all women's rightful share of the prosperity their domestic and waged labor helped to create. This is a stunning contribution to the movement to recognize the value of women's work."--Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty
 

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Contents

1 A World Turned Inside Out
1
2 Support for Womens Domestic Economy in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
15
3 The Breakdown of Womens 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 Womens Work
99
7 How and Why Mothers Have Been Shortchanged
133
8 New Possibilities and Old Inequalities
167
Notes
185
Bibliography
251
Index
287
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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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