Black Working Wives
Pioneers of the American Family Revolution
By (author) Bart Landry
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Black Working Wives by Bart Landry
Book DescriptionLong before the 1970s and the feminist revolution that shattered traditional notions of the family, black women in America had already accomplished their own revolution. Bart Landry's groundbreaking study adds immeasurably to our accepted concepts of 'traditional' and 'new' families: Landry argues that black middle-class women in two-parent families were practicing an egalitarian lifestyle that was envisioned by few of their white counterparts until many decades later. The primary transformation of the American family, Landry says, took place when nineteenth-century industrialization brought about the separation of home and workplace. Only then did the family we call traditional, in which the husband goes out to work while the wife stays at home, become the centerpiece of white middle-class ideology. Black women, excluded from this model of respectability, embraced a threefold commitment to family, community, and career. They embodied the notion that employment outside the home was the route to more equality in the home, and that work was worth pursuing for reasons other than economic survival. With a careful and convincing mix of biography, historical records, and demographic data, Landry shows how these black pioneers of the dual-career marriage created a paradigm for other women seeking to escape the cult of domesticity and thus foreshadowed the second great family transformation. If the two-parent nuclear family is to persist beyond the twentieth century, it may be because of what we can learn from these earlier women about an ideology of womanhood that combines the private and public spheres.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520236820
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bart Landry
Race, Gender and Class, Paperback (November 2004)
This edited volume provides race, class, gender theory and detailed guidelines, strategies, and rules for the methodology of the Race, Class and Gender approach. It uses Intersection Theory to expose students to articles that employ the Race, Class, Gender approach.
New Black Middle Class, Paperback (July 1988)» View all books by Bart Landry
Looks at the development of the Black American middle class, discusses salary, discrimination, and considers Black mobility, standards of living, and the effects of changing ecomomic conditions.
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Author Biography - Bart Landry
Bart Landry is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and author of The New Black Middle Class (California, 1987).
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