Single by Chance Mothers by Choice
How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family
By (author) Rosanna Hertz
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Single by Chance Mothers by Choice by Rosanna Hertz
Book DescriptionA remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. In Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice , Rosanna Hertz offers the first full-scale account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why these middle class women took this unorthodox path and how they have managed to make single parenthood work for them. Hertz interviewed 65 women-ranging from physicians and financial analysts to social workers, teachers, and secretaries-women who speak candidly about how they manage their lives and families as single mothers. What Hertz discovers are not ideologues but reluctant revolutionaries, women who-whether straight or gay-struggle to conform to the conventional definitions of mother, child, and family. Having tossed out the rulebook in order to become mothers, they nonetheless adhere to time-honored rules about child-rearing. As they tell their stories, they shed light on their paths to motherhood, describing how they summoned up the courage to pursue their dream, how they broke the news to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers, how they went about buying sperm from fertility banks or adopting children of different races. They recount how their personal and social histories intersected to enable them to pursue their dream of motherhood, and how they navigate daily life. What does it mean to be 'single' in terms of romance and parenting? How do women juggle earning a paycheck with parenting? What creative ways have women devised to shore up these families? How do they incorporate men into their child-centered families? This book provides concrete, informative answers to all these questions. A unique window on the future of the family, this book offers a gold mine of insight and reassurance for any woman contemplating this rewarding if unconventional step.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195341409
(227mm x 144mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rosanna Hertz
Our Studies, Ourselves, Hardback (August 2003)
Reveals, with candor and discernment, how world events, political commitments and unanticipated constraints influenced the course of the authors' careers. They disclose how race, class, and gender proved to be pivotal elements in the course of their individual lives, and in how they carry out their research.
Working Families, Paperback (September 2001)
The dynamics of work and parenthood are in the midst of a revolutionary shift in the United States. Focused around a major factor in this shift - the rise of dual-income families - this volume provides an informative snapshot of the intricate fabric of work and family in the United States.
Reflexivity and Voice, Paperback (August 1997)
Presents an array of contemporary ethnographers grappling with the problematics and conventions of ethnographic writing.
Studying Elites Using Qualitative Methods, Paperback (July 1995)» View all books by Rosanna Hertz
This volume provides valuable insights into how researchers can successfully gain access to elite settings. Using their actual experiences, the contributors provide constructive advice as well as cautionary tales about how they learned to manoeuvre and become accepted in worlds otherwise closed to them.
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Author Biography - Rosanna Hertz
Rosanna Hertz is Luella LaMer Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at Wellesley College. The author of the widely acclaimed More Equal Than Others , she is frequently interviewed by national print media on issues related to women, work, and the family.
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