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A World Turned Inside Out

Susan Thistle

in From Marriage to the Market

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245907
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939196 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245907.003.0001
A World Turned Inside Out

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This chapter discusses the underlying causes of the events dramatically transforming women's lives, and the very nature of gender itself, in the last decades of the twentieth century. It explains how and why women's relationships to marriage, motherhood, and the labor force have altered profoundly over these years and the consequences of these shifts for the new economy of today. It argues that behind the traumatic events of recent decades lies a fundamental transformation of women's own work, resulting from a decisive encounter between the domestic realm and a maturing market. It notes that the lessening of household chores by an expanding post-World War II economy also offer new opportunities leading several different groups to challenge and dismantle the old rules not only holding women in the home but also committing men, employers, and the state to some support for such labor.

Keywords: women; gender; twentieth century; marriage; motherhood; labor force; post-World War II economy

Chapter.  6539 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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