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From Marriage to the MarketThe Transformation of Women's Lives and Work$
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Susan Thistle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245907

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245907.001.0001

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A World Turned Inside Out

A World Turned Inside Out

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From Marriage to the Market
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Susan Thistle

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245907.003.0001

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

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