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Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization

Two Generations at an American Women's College

Krista Jenkins

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: Temple University Press


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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xiv

Th is book has been a journey.
Although the interviews that provide the foundation for this book were conducted in 2000, the research really began in 1975, when Roberta Sigel embarked on a mother/daughter study examining attitudes toward the women’s movement. At that time, the movement was somewhere in transition from...

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pp. 1-6

Amy is a 20-something. Mary is her 50-ish mother.1 Neither believes that anatomy is destiny. Indeed, both women are college educated, ambitious, and critical of attempts to defi ne them by virtue of their gender. Both are strong supporters of the women’s movement and the egalitarian change that it spurred. Th ey also believe that women today are living in ways...

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Ch. 1 / Gender Roles and Political Socialization

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pp. 7-30

Politics and gender roles both involve learned behavior. Nothing is predetermined at birth that unconditionally identifies one as a public official or housewife, Democrat or Republican. Such characteristics are shaped throughout one’s life and are largely dependent on socializing experiences.1 ...

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Ch. 2 / Considering the Women’s Movement

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pp. 31-52

Among the many questions asked of respondents, some concerned attitudes toward the women’s movement. One asked quite simply, “What is your overall opinion of the women’s movement?” As was expected, the vast majority of both mothers and daughters off ered positive assessments. Among this group of college-educated women, the modal response among...

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Ch. 3 / Gender Roles and Private Life

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pp. 53-75

The historic economic meltdown that began in 2008 has spared few the pain of belt tightening and job loss. Millions of workers saw their jobs disappear, with little prospect of finding others with similar pay and benefits. Yet one bright spot amid the depressing economic news of the day is the labor pattern relative to men and women: Women, it seems, have been hit...

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Ch. 4 / Gender Roles and Public Life

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pp. 76-91

Upon news of an impending Supreme Court vacancy in 2009, the New York Times noted how times had changed from when Sandra Day O’Connor was confi rmed as the fi rst female Supreme Court justice:
When President Ronald Reagan decided to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court in 1981, he had to turn to Sandra Day O’Connor, an...

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Ch. 5 / Gender Roles and the Political Process

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pp. 92-107

Although perhaps dated today, the phrase “the personal is political” has been a rallying cry for the women’s movement. A variety of interpretations abound, but at its heart is a recognition that matters regarded as personal have political meanings. Discrimination and gendered (and perhaps unwanted) expectations about how women manage their personal lives...

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Ch. 6 / Consistency and Consolidation

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pp. 108-124

Research for this book began with the assumption that despite the passage of time, support for the women’s movement and its goal of gender equality lives on. Although considerable debate in modern culture remains regarding what equality looks like and how it can best be achieved, it is difficult to fi nd people on either end of the political spectrum who would openly ...


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pp. 125-134


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pp. 135-146


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pp. 147-156


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pp. 157-163

About the Author

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p. 164-164

E-ISBN-13: 9781439909294
E-ISBN-10: 1439909296
Print-ISBN-13: 9781439909287
Print-ISBN-10: 1439909288

Page Count: 178
Publication Year: 2013