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For the family?
Sarah Damaske

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For the family?
how class and gender shape women's work
Sarah Damaske

Published 2011 by Oxford University Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"In the emotional public debate about women and work, conventional wisdom holds that middle-class women "choose" whether or not to work, while working class "need" to work. Yet, despite the recent economic crisis, national trends show that middle-class women are more likely to work than working-class women. In this timely volume, Sarah Damaske debunks the myth that financial needs determine women's workforce participation, revealing that financial resources make it easier for women to remain at work, not easier to leave it. Departing from mainstream research, Damaske finds not two (working or not working), but three main employment patterns: steady, pulled back, and interrupted. Looking at the differences between women in these three groups, Damaske discovers that financial resources made it easier for middle-class women to remain at work steadily, while working-class women often found themselves following interrupted work pathways in which they experienced multiple bouts of unemployment. While most of the national attention has been focused on women who leave work, Damaske shows that both middle-class and working-class women found themselves pulling back from work, but for vastly different reasons. For the Family? concludes that the public debate about women's work remains focused on need because women themselves emphasize the importance of family needs in their decision-making. Damaske argues that despite differences in work experiences, class, race, and familial support, most women explained their work decisions by pointing to family needs, connecting work to family rather than an individual pursuit. In For the Family?, Sarah Damaske at last provides a far more nuanced and richer picture of women, work, and class than conventional wisdom offers"--

Table of Contents

Machine generated contents note:
CHAPTER 1: Women's Work Trajectories: Need, Choice and Women's Strategies
PART I: EXPECTATIONS ABOUT WORK
CHAPTER 2: The Shape of Women's Work Pathways
CHAPTER 3: A Major Career Woman? How Women Develop Early Expectations about Work
PART II: WORK PATHWAYS
CHAPTER 4: Staying Steady: Good Work and Family Support Across Classes
CHAPTER 5: Pulling Back: Divergent Routes to Similar Pathways
CHAPTER 6: A Life Interrupted
PART III: NEGOTIATING EXPECTATIONS
CHAPTER 7: For the Family: How Women Account for Work Decisions
CHAPTER 8: Having it All? Egalitarian Dreams Deferred
Appendix
Notes
References
Index.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references ([201]-213) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
331.40973
Library of Congress
HD6095 .D36 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiii, 228 p. :
Number of pages
228

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25101394M
ISBN 10
0199791503, 019979149X
ISBN 13
9780199791507, 9780199791491
LC Control Number
2011010834
OCLC/WorldCat
709682893

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