Hidden Aspects of Women's Work

Hidden Aspects of Women's Work

Hidden Aspects of Women's Work

Hidden Aspects of Women's Work

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Preface "Introduction: Considerations in the Study of Women and Work" The Women and Work Research Group Part I: Structures, Patterns, and Ideologies Part II: Links Between the Public and Private Spheres Part III: Consciousness and Resistance Bibliography Index About the Authors

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This collection of articles can best be understood by locating it in the context of the larger process of the Women and Work Resedrch Group. In March 1979 a dozen women interested in studying women and work began meeting together on a regular basis. Initially funded by a grant from the American Sociological Association, we were predominantly sociologists with members from a variety of other fields -- history, anthropology, psychology, and economics -- and several different setting's -- universities, the government, and women's organizations. We were originally inspired to meet and work together because we recognized that theories about women and work had been dominated by assumptions used for studying men in the work force. We began by discussing our individual research projects, and moved on to search as a group for new concepts to highlight and challenge male-based assumptions. We developed an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women's work at home, in the paid labor force, and in the community. Along the way, we observed that our individual research and group analysis frequently highlighted features of women's work that are hidden from casual observation and obscure women's place in the economy. That was the start of the common framework we have been developing since, through meeting twice yearly and exchanging papers in between. The process has resulted in this book, Hidden Aspects of Women's Work.

Some of' our early members -- Mary Blewett, Heidi Hartmann, Alice Kessler-Harris, and Dorothy Remy -- have . . .

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