Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization
Two Generations at an American Women's College
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Temple University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Although the interviews that provide the foundation for this book were conducted in 2000, the research really began in 1975, when Roberta Sigel em-barked on a mother/daughter study examining attitudes toward the women’s movement. At that time, the movement was somewhere in transition from infancy to heyday, and she was interested in understanding how two genera-...
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Amy is a 20-something. Mary is her 50-ish mother.1 Neither believes that anatomy is destiny. Indeed, both women are college educated, ambi-tious, 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 that bring them more fulfi llment relative to women of past generations.assume that they also endorse the practical application of feminist principles ...
Ch. 1 / Gender Roles and Political Socialization
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Politics and gender roles both involve learned behavior. Nothing is pre-determined at birth that unconditionally identifi es one as a public offi cial or housewife, Democrat or Republican. Such characteristics are shaped throughout one’s life and are largely dependent on socializing experiences.1 Individuals learn the importance of voting as much as they come to under-stand appropriate roles for men and women. The commonalities between politics and gender roles extend beyond a shared reliance on socialization, ...
Ch. 2 / Considering the Women’s Movement
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Among the many questions asked of respondents, some concerned atti-tudes 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 both generations fell at the favorable end. Two-thirds of the mothers responded positively, and more than nine in ten daughters said the same (see Table 2.1).1 ...
Ch. 3 / Gender Roles and Private Life
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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 fi nding others with similar pay and benefi ts. 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 less by the downturn. Whether they like it or not, women today comprise half the labor force and, most strikingly, are the sole breadwinners or co-bread-...
Ch. 4 / Gender Roles and Public Life
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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:Supreme Court in 1981, he had to turn to Sandra Day O’Connor, an the court, he confronted a world in which women were just beginning to climb the ranks of big law fi rms and ranking female judges, like Today, as President Obama moves to pick his fi rst Supreme Court ...
Ch. 5 / Gender Roles and the Political Process
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Although perhaps dated today, the phrase “the personal is political” has been a rallying cry for the women’s movement. A variety of interpre-tations abound, but at its heart is a recognition that matters regarded as personal have political meanings. Discrimination and gendered (and per-haps unwanted) expectations about how women manage their personal lives should help them recognize the politicized nature of their experiences. Th at is, rather than assume that women are simply prone to experiencing discrimi-...
Ch. 6 / Consistency and Consolidation
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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 equal-ity lives on. Although considerable debate in modern culture remains regarding what equality looks like and how it can best be achieved, it is diffi -cult to fi nd people on either end of the political spectrum who would openly advocate for inequality on the basis of sex. However, some fi ft y years have passed since the ascendancy of a political movement with a revolutionary ...
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About the Author
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Page Count: 178
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Social Logic of Politics
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth