Female World

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Simon and Schuster, 1982 - Social Science - 628 pages
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Sensitive to conflicts of class, race, & ethnicity as well as to the underlying bonds of gender, The Female World is an exuberant celebration of women's unique strengths and differences. Illuminating and powerful, this magnificent book will be read, cherished, and argued about by women--and men--for years to come.

 

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Contents

Stations and Spheres
75
Inside Womens Sphere
94
The Social Structure of the Female World
119
The MaritalStatus Structure of the Female World
152
The Status Dimension of Social Class
178
Socioeconomic Status in the Female World
202
The SocialClass Structure of the Female World
230
Cases in Point
257
Household Technologies
393
The Literary
413
Popular and Folk Culture
450
Eros
469
Agape
481
Challenge
500
The Economy
513
The Female World and the Polity
532

The Group Structure of the Female World
277
Groups Associations Collective Behavior in
301
Structural Faultlines
322
Issuerelated Faultlines
350
The Culture of the Female World
371
Relating the Two Worlds
546
Bibliography
557
Name Index
595
Subject Index
602
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About the author (1982)

A pioneer American feminist sociologist, Jessie Bernard conducted groundbreaking research in the area of gender roles and the changing character of the family. She studied with Pitirim A. Sorokin at the University of Minnesota and received her Ph.D. from Washington University in 1935. Bernard began her career in sociology as a promoter of social positivism but later became an outspoken feminist. She is perhaps best known for her work on gender roles and the future of relationships between men and women.

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