The Grasinski Girls (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
290
Utgivningsdatum
2004-08-01
Upplaga
1
Utmärkelser
Winner of Oskar Halecki Prize 2005; Commended for Association for Humanist Sociology Book Awards.
Förlag
Ohio University Press
Medarbetare
Erdmans, Mary Patrice
Illustrationer
35 illustrations
Dimensioner
228 x 155 x 22 mm
Vikt
409 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780821415825
The Grasinski Girls (häftad)

The Grasinski Girls

The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made

Häftad Engelska, 2004-08-01
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The Grasinski Girls were working-class Americans of Polish descent, born in the 1920s and 1930s, who created lives typical of women in their day. They went to high school, married, and had children. For the most part, they stayed home to raise their children. And they were happy doing that. They took care of their appearance and their husbands, who took care of them. Like most women of their generation, they did not join the women's movement, and today they either reject or shy away from feminism.Basing her account on interviews with her mother and aunts, Mary Erdmans explores the private lives of these white, Christian women in the post-World War II generation. She compares them, at times, to her own postfeminist generation. Situating these women within the religious routines that shaped their lives, Professor Erdmans explores how gender, class, ethnicity, and religion shaped the choices the Grasinski sisters were given as well as the choices they made. These women are both acted upon and actors; they are privileged and disadvantaged; they resist and surrender; they petition the Lord and accept His will.The Grasinski Girls examines the complexity of ordinary lives, exposing privileges taken for granted as well as nuances of oppression often overlooked. Erdmans brings rigorous scholarship and familial insight to bear on the realities of twentieth-century working-class white women in America.
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"Sociologist Mary Patrice Erdmans wrote a book which is gutsy, honest, innovative, and controversial.... The Grasinski Girls is a riveting read, highly recommended to scholars and the broader reading public alike." * Journal of Social History * "Most intriguing is Erdmans's exploration of the role of faith and religion for these women, an issue that is sorely overlooked in most scholarly fields.... Interestingly, though they may have turned away from Catholicism, these women's narratives are suffused with a faith and optimism in life that appear almost anachronistic to a contemporary reader." * Slavic and East European Journal * "By looking into working class women's private, domestic lives, Erdmans shows an unusual perspective on the spaces where they forge their identities while they intermittently enter the public world of paid employment." * American Studies *

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The Grasinski Girls were working-class Americans of Polish descent, born in the 1920s and 1930s, who created lives typical of women in their day. They went to high school, married, and had children. For the most part, they stayed home to raise their children. And they were happy doing that. They took care of their appearance and their husbands, who took care of them. Like most women of their generation, they did not join the women's movement, and today they either reject or shy away from feminism. Basing her account on interviews with her mother and aunts, Mary Erdmans explores the private lives of these white, Christian women in the post-World War II generation. She compares them, at times, to her own postfeminist generation. Situating these women within the religious routines that shaped their lives, Professor Erdmans explores how gender, class, ethnicity, and religion shaped the choices the Grasinski sisters were given as well as the choices they made. These women are both acted upon and actors; they are privileged and disadvantaged; they resist and surrender; they petition the Lord and accept His will. The Grasinski Girls examines the complexity of ordinary lives, exposing privileges taken for granted as well as nuances of oppression often overlooked. Erdmans brings rigorous scholarship and familial insight to bear on the realities of twentieth-century working-class white women in America.