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Hard Choices
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How do women choose between work and family commitments? And what are the causes, limits, and consequences of the "subtle revolution" in women's choices over the 1960s and 1970s? To answer these questions, Kathleen Gerson analyzes the experiences of a carefully selected group of middle-class and working-class women who were young adults in the 1970s. Their informative life histories reveal the emerging social forces in American society that have led today's women to face several difficult choices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1 Women's Work and Family Decisions: The "Subtle Revolution" in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2 Explaining Women's Behavior: A Theoretical Overview
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 3 Baselines
  2. pp. 43-68
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  1. 4 Veering Away from Domesticity
  2. pp. 69-91
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  1. 5 Veering Toward Domesticity
  2. pp. 92-122
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  1. 6 Homemaking Versus Childlessness
  2. pp. 123-157
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  1. 7 Combining Work and Motherhood
  2. pp. 158-190
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  1. 8 The Changing Contours of Women's Place
  2. pp. 191-215
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  1. 9 The Politics of Parenthood
  2. pp. 216-232
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  1. Appendix A: Tables
  2. pp. 233-239
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  1. Appendix B: Methodology
  2. pp. 240-247
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  1. Appendix C: Sample Characteristics
  2. pp. 248-256
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  1. Appendix D: Interview Schedule
  2. pp. 257-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-312
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