Book Reviews -- Two Careers/One Family (Sage Series on Close Relationships) by Lucia Albino Gilbert

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Book Reviews -- Two Careers/One Family (Sage Series on Close Relationships) by Lucia Albino Gilbert


Hansen, Gary L., Family Relations


Gilbert, Lucia Albino. (1993). Two Careers/One Family. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 152 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-5072-1, price $29.95; paper ISBN 0-8039-5073-X, price $14.95.

This book, which is part of the Sage Series on Close Relationships, is designed to acquaint students and professionals with up-to-date information on dual-career families.

The book is divided into three major parts. The first part deals with the societal context of young adults today and is comprised of three chapters. The first chapter provides an introduction to the dual-career family by describing its emergence and how it represents a dramatic social change that holds the promise of gender equality. It also outlines the basic principles of gender theory and describes three ways that gender operates in society. Society can encourage females and males to exhibit different characteristics, create structures that result in men and women having different opportunities and experiences, and encourage women and men to engage in interactive processes that keep men entitled.

Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the ways gender affects the lives of women and men. Much of the discussion on female perspectives is organized around "possible selves," which represent individuals' ideas of what they might become. The author provides a succinct summary of the current literature on how traditional gender processes continue to limit the possible selves of women. The discussion of male perspectives focuses on the social constructions of male power and prerogatives that are central to masculinity and describes how they become manifest in interpersonal processes. If this chapter has a weakness, it is the relatively cursory treatment given the substantial body of literature focusing on how patriarchy harms men. …

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