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What Soldiers Do - Sex and the American GI in World War II France (Paperback): Mary Louise Roberts What Soldiers Do - Sex and the American GI in World War II France (Paperback)
Mary Louise Roberts
R358 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R80 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days

How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine-gun fire? Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder? Certainly--but if you're the US Army in 1944, you also try another tack: you dangle the lure of beautiful French women, waiting just on the other side of the wire, ready to reward their liberators in oh so many ways.
That's not the picture of the Greatest Generation that we've been given, but it's the one Mary Louise Roberts paints to devastating effect in "What Soldiers Do." Drawing on an incredible range of sources, including news reports, propaganda and training materials, official planning documents, wartime diaries, and memoirs, Roberts tells the fascinating and troubling story of how the US military command systematically spread--and then exploited--the myth of French women as sexually experienced and available. The resulting chaos--ranging from flagrant public sex with prostitutes to outright rape and rampant venereal disease--horrified the war-weary and demoralized French population. The sexual predation, and the blithe response of the American military leadership, also caused serious friction between the two nations just as they were attempting to settle questions of long-term control over the liberated territories and the restoration of French sovereignty.
While never denying the achievement of D-Day, or the bravery of the soldiers who took part, "What Soldiers Do" reminds us that history is always more useful--and more interesting--when it is most honest, and when it goes beyond the burnished beauty of nostalgia to grapple with the real lives and real mistakes of the people who lived it.

Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families - Policy and Practice Implications (Paperback): Richard K Caputo, Gary W. Peterson,... Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families - Policy and Practice Implications (Paperback)
Richard K Caputo, Gary W. Peterson, Suzanne Steinmetz
R879 Discovery Miles 8 790 Within 7 - 12 working days

Examine the changing structure of the family as America's population ages As the United States' economy evolves and manufacturing jobs disappear, the prospect of each generation experiencing a standard of living that exceeds that of their parents' generation also disappears. Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families: Policy and Practice Implications explores this trend, presenting the latest original research on the changing roles of caregivers along with the economic and emotional effects on the family unit. Respected authorities discuss in detail long-term care and the standard of living of families, with a focus on the effects of changing family structures on families themselves and society at large. The coming boom in the population of the aging will impact families at several levels. Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families thoroughly examines the economic demands of aging on families, then focuses on different roles elderly family members are likely to play over the next several decades. Some of the issues explored include "skipped generation parenting" where children are raised in grandparent homes where neither parent is present, the impending economic impact of caregiving on families, the stress on families with fewer siblings to share the caregiving tasks, and the tendency for family members to live in different parts of the country and subsequently become unable to offer caregiver support. Detailed tables provide clarity of thought while comprehensive bibliographies offer further opportunity for study.Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families discusses: the economics of aging the implications of aging economics and emotional stress on the future of families the coming labor shortage of caregivers family-based intervention in residential long-term care shifting relationships between parents and their children caregivers self-esteem issues involving daughter caregivers paying family caregivers--as public policy a proposed policy of requiring adult children to care for their aging parents inheritance and intergenerational transmission of parental care the inherent psychological stress within skipped generation familiesChallenges of Aging on U.S. Families: Policy and Practice Implications is an eye-opening text for researchers, health professionals, social workers, counselors, caregivers, educators, and students.

Unbecoming Mothers - The Social Production of Maternal Absence (Hardcover): Diana Gustafson Unbecoming Mothers - The Social Production of Maternal Absence (Hardcover)
Diana Gustafson
R2,880 Discovery Miles 28 800 Within 7 - 12 working days

Learn the "who," "what," and "why" of unbecoming a mother In a society where becoming a mother is naturalized, "unbecoming" a mother the process of coming to live apart from biological children is regarded as unnatural, improper, or even contemptible. Few mothers are more stigmatized than those who are perceived as having given up, surrendered, or abandoned their birth children. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence examines this phenomenon within the social and historical context of parenting in Canada, Australia, Britain, and the United States, with critical observations from social workers, policymakers, and historians. This unique book offers insights from the perspectives of children on the outside looking in and the lived experiences of women on the inside looking out. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence explores how gender, race, class, and other social agents affect the ways women negotiate their lives apart from their children and how they attempt to recreate their identities and family structures. An interdisciplinary, international collection of academics, community workers, and mothers draws upon sources as diverse as archival records, a therapist's interview, a dance script, and the class presentation of a student to offer refreshing insights on maternal absence that are innovative, accessible, and inspiring. Unbecoming Mothers examines five assumptions about maternal absence and the families that emerge from that absence: the focus on parenting as highly gendered caring work done by women the idea that women share the same experience of unbecoming mothers and share the same circumstances and background the perception of maternal absence as a recent phenomenon the notion that women who want to manage their mother-work will make choices to overcome life's obstacles the Western concept of womanhood being achieved through motherhood and the unrealistic ideal of the "good mother" Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence is a rich, multidisciplinary resource for academics working in women's studies, psychology, sociology, history, and any health-related fields, and for policymakers, social workers, and other community workers.

Unbecoming Mothers - The Social Production of Maternal Absence (Paperback): Diana Gustafson Unbecoming Mothers - The Social Production of Maternal Absence (Paperback)
Diana Gustafson
R908 Discovery Miles 9 080 Within 7 - 12 working days

Learn the "who," "what," and "why" of unbecoming a mother In a society where becoming a mother is naturalized, "unbecoming" a mother the process of coming to live apart from biological children is regarded as unnatural, improper, or even contemptible. Few mothers are more stigmatized than those who are perceived as having given up, surrendered, or abandoned their birth children. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence examines this phenomenon within the social and historical context of parenting in Canada, Australia, Britain, and the United States, with critical observations from social workers, policymakers, and historians. This unique book offers insights from the perspectives of children on the outside looking in and the lived experiences of women on the inside looking out. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence explores how gender, race, class, and other social agents affect the ways women negotiate their lives apart from their children and how they attempt to recreate their identities and family structures. An interdisciplinary, international collection of academics, community workers, and mothers draws upon sources as diverse as archival records, a therapist's interview, a dance script, and the class presentation of a student to offer refreshing insights on maternal absence that are innovative, accessible, and inspiring. Unbecoming Mothers examines five assumptions about maternal absence and the families that emerge from that absence: the focus on parenting as highly gendered caring work done by women the idea that women share the same experience of unbecoming mothers and share the same circumstances and background the perception of maternal absence as a recent phenomenon the notion that women who want to manage their mother-work will make choices to overcome life's obstacles the Western concept of womanhood being achieved through motherhood and the unrealistic ideal of the "good mother" Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence is a rich, multidisciplinary resource for academics working in women's studies, psychology, sociology, history, and any health-related fields, and for policymakers, social workers, and other community workers.

Law of Desire - Temporary Marriage in Shi`i Iran (Paperback, Revised Edition): Shahla Haeri Law of Desire - Temporary Marriage in Shi`i Iran (Paperback, Revised Edition)
Shahla Haeri
R453 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R94 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days

This revised edition includes a postscript contextualizing this classic work within contemporary Iranian society. "Law of Desire contains some very interesting, often heartbreaking, life stories of women. . . . It is the first of its kind to deal with a taboo issue which, despite its social and political importance, has been neglected and overlooked by a wide range of political opinion in Iran." - Feminist Review

Black Female Sexualities (Paperback): Melissa V Harris-Perry Black Female Sexualities (Paperback)
Melissa V Harris-Perry; Edited by Trimiko Melancon, Joanne M. Braxton
R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Within 7 - 11 working days

Western culture has long regarded black female sexuality with a strange mix of fascination and condemnation, associating it with everything from desirability, hypersexuality, and liberation to vulgarity, recklessness, and disease. Yet even as their bodies and sexualities have been the subject of countless public discourses, black women's voices have been largely marginalized in these discussions. In this groundbreaking collection, feminist scholars from across the academy come together to correct this omission--illuminating black female sexual desires marked by agency and empowerment, as well as pleasure and pain, to reveal the ways black women regulate their sexual lives.
The twelve original essays in "Black Female Sexualities" reveal the diverse ways black women perceive, experience, and represent sexuality. The contributors highlight the range of tactics that black women use to express their sexual desires and identities. Yet they do not shy away from exploring the complex ways in which black women negotiate the more traumatic aspects of sexuality and grapple with the legacy of negative stereotypes.
"Black Female Sexualities" takes not only an interdisciplinary approach--drawing from critical race theory, sociology, and performance studies--but also an intergenerational one, in conversation with the foremothers of black feminist studies. In addition, it explores a diverse archive of representations, covering everything from blues to hip-hop, from "Crash "to "Precious," from Sister Souljah to Edwidge Danticat. Revealing that black female sexuality is anything but a black-and-white issue, this collection demonstrates how to appreciate a whole spectrum of subjectivities, experiences, and desires.

Black Female Sexualities (Hardcover): Melissa V Harris-Perry Black Female Sexualities (Hardcover)
Melissa V Harris-Perry; Edited by Trimiko Melancon, Joanne M. Braxton
R1,987 Discovery Miles 19 870 Within 7 - 11 working days

Western culture has long regarded black female sexuality with a strange mix of fascination and condemnation, associating it with everything from desirability, hypersexuality, and liberation to vulgarity, recklessness, and disease. Yet even as their bodies and sexualities have been the subject of countless public discourses, black women's voices have been largely marginalized in these discussions. In this groundbreaking collection, feminist scholars from across the academy come together to correct this omission--illuminating black female sexual desires marked by agency and empowerment, as well as pleasure and pain, to reveal the ways black women regulate their sexual lives.
The twelve original essays in "Black Female Sexualities" reveal the diverse ways black women perceive, experience, and represent sexuality. The contributors highlight the range of tactics that black women use to express their sexual desires and identities. Yet they do not shy away from exploring the complex ways in which black women negotiate the more traumatic aspects of sexuality and grapple with the legacy of negative stereotypes.
"Black Female Sexualities" takes not only an interdisciplinary approach--drawing from critical race theory, sociology, and performance studies--but also an intergenerational one, in conversation with the foremothers of black feminist studies. In addition, it explores a diverse archive of representations, covering everything from blues to hip-hop, from "Crash "to "Precious," from Sister Souljah to Edwidge Danticat. Revealing that black female sexuality is anything but a black-and-white issue, this collection demonstrates how to appreciate a whole spectrum of subjectivities, experiences, and desires.

A Child Called Hope - The True Story of a Foster Mother's Love (Paperback): Mia Marconi A Child Called Hope - The True Story of a Foster Mother's Love (Paperback)
Mia Marconi
R114 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R34 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A dramatic debut short story from London-based foster carer Mia Marconi. An incredible chain of events that began in Italy during WWII with an illegitimate pregnancy shaped Mia's destiny. The illegitimate child was her father, a lost soul who she idolised. Protecting him instilled in her an instinct to care for the vulnerable and, after a chance meeting with a chaotic foster family, she decided fostering was her vocation. In an incredible twist of fate, the first baby she fostered was born to an unmarried Italian girl. Then came Hope, so badly damaged by her teenage mother's alcoholism she was in hospital for a year. Finally discharged and settled in Mia's happy home, what happened next would make Mia question if she could carry on. www.harpertrue.co.uk

The Children Money Can Buy - Stories from the Frontlines of Foster Care and Adoption (Hardcover): Anne Moody The Children Money Can Buy - Stories from the Frontlines of Foster Care and Adoption (Hardcover)
Anne Moody
R745 Discovery Miles 7 450 Within 7 - 11 working days

The Children Money Can Buy covers decades of dramatic societal change in foster care and adoption, including the pendulum swings regarding open adoption and attitudes toward birth parents, the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian adoption, the proliferation of unregulated adoption facilitators in the U.S., ethical concerns related to international adoption, and the role money inevitably plays in the foster care and adoption systems. Special attention is given to the practice of "baby brokering" and the accompanying exorbitant finder's fees and financial incentives encouraging birth mothers to relinquish (or pretend that they are planning to relinquish) their babies that permeate much of U.S. infant adoption today. The Children Money Can Buy illuminates the worlds of foster care and adoption through the personal stories Moody witnessed and experienced in her many years working in the foster care and adoption systems. These compelling stories about real people and situations illustrate larger life lessons about the way our society values-and fails to value-parents and children. They explore the root of ethical problems which are not only financially driven but reflect society's basic belief that some children are more valuable than others. Finally, Moody makes a plea for change and gives suggestions about how the foster care and adoption systems could work together for the benefit of children and families.

Family and the Politics of Moderation - Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism (Hardcover): Lauren... Family and the Politics of Moderation - Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism (Hardcover)
Lauren K Hall
R641 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R127 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In Family and the Politics of Moderation , Lauren K. Hall argues that the family is a fulcrum upon which societal values balance. Hall describes a set of intermediate institutions that hold the power to alter polarized political and cultural views--churches, religious institutions, local governments, social organizations, and importantly, the family. For Hall the family moderates between broad collectivity and strict individualism. She contends that the family as an intermediate entity wields the strength to guide society between extreme viewpoints, be they social, political, or cultural. Family and the Politics of Moderation thus generates an imperative to ensure the survival of the family as an integral pillar of society.

Not Just Roommates - Cohabitation After the Sexual Revolution (Hardcover, New): Elizabeth H. Pleck Not Just Roommates - Cohabitation After the Sexual Revolution (Hardcover, New)
Elizabeth H. Pleck
R1,784 R1,669 Discovery Miles 16 690 Save R115 (6%) Within 7 - 13 working days

The late twentieth century has seen a fantastic expansion of personal, sexual, and domestic liberties in the United States. In "Not Just Roommates", Elizabeth H. Pleck explores the rise of cohabitation, and the changing social norms that have allowed cohabitation to become the chosen lifestyle of more than fifteen million Americans. Despite this growing social acceptance, Pleck contends that when it comes to the law, cohabitors have been, and continue to be, treated as second-class citizens, subjected to discriminatory laws, limited privacy, a lack of political representation, and little hope for change. Because cohabitation is not a sexual identity, Pleck argues, cohabitors face the legal discrimination of a population with no group identity, no civil rights movement, no legal defense organizations, and, often, no consciousness of being discriminated against. Through in-depth research in written sources and interviews, Pleck shines a light on the emergence of cohabitation in American culture, its complex history, and its unpleasant realities in the present day.

Sex - Ethnographic Encounters (Paperback): Richard Joseph Martin, Dieter Haller Sex - Ethnographic Encounters (Paperback)
Richard Joseph Martin, Dieter Haller
R458 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R39 (9%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Focusing on the unacknowledged, personal and often unconscious dimension, Sex explores the intersection between sex and ethnography. Anthropological writing tends to focus on the influence of status markers such as position, gender, ethnicity, and age on fieldwork. By contrast, far less attention has been paid to how sex, sexuality, eroticism, desire, attraction, and rejection affect ethnographic research. In the book, anthropologists reflect on their own encounters with sex during fieldwork, revealing how attraction and desire influence the choice of fieldwork subjects, field sites and friendships. They also examine the resulting impact on fieldwork findings and the generation of knowledge. Based on fieldwork in Germany, Denmark, Greece, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, and India, the contributors go beyond the common heterosexuality/homosexuality divide to address topics which include celibacy, polyamory and sadomasochism. This long overdue text provides perspectives from a new generation of anthropologists and brings the debate into the 21st century. Examining challenging and controversial issues in contemporary fieldwork, this is essential reading for students in anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, research methods, and ethics courses.

Media, Home and Family (Hardcover): Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark, Diane F. Alters Media, Home and Family (Hardcover)
Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark, Diane F. Alters
R2,142 Discovery Miles 21 420 Within 7 - 12 working days

"Media, Home, and Family" examines how parents make decisions regulating media use, and how their media practices relate to other aspects of contemporary family life. Based on more than three years of extensive ethnographic audience research, the book looks at a very broad cross-section of American families, focusing on how families negotiate a sense of identity collectively, and how the media plays a significant role in the process.

Insatiable Wives - Women Who Stray and the Men Who Love Them (Paperback): David J Ley Insatiable Wives - Women Who Stray and the Men Who Love Them (Paperback)
David J Ley
R351 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R79 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

This enlightening work investigates the history, incidence, and causes of a unique sexual lifestyle pursued by increasing numbers of couples. It is called by many names, and lived in a variety of ways by different couples. The most common terms used to describe it are 'hotwife' or 'cuckold lifestyle.' This sexual practice, a form of sexual nonmonogamy, is distinguished from swinging and polyamory in that the husband rarely seeks sexual contact outside the marriage except for participation in group sex with his wife and other men, while the wife is permitted and often encouraged to pursue unrestrained sexual encounters with other men. The author includes interviews and comments from couples living the lifestyle throughout the U.S., and presents the stories in an attempt to determine the history of this sexual practice and its role in society and in relationships. He explores the psychological, social, biological, and evolutionary underpinnings of this uncommon and socially taboo behavior in an effort to make it more comprehensible to those engaged in the lifestyle and those who are just curious.

The Rough Patch - Marriage and the Art of Living Together (Hardcover): Daphne De Marneffe The Rough Patch - Marriage and the Art of Living Together (Hardcover)
Daphne De Marneffe
R502 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R124 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Coming Home Again - A Family-Of-Origin Consultation (Hardcover): James L Framo, Timothy T. Weber, Felise B. Levine Coming Home Again - A Family-Of-Origin Consultation (Hardcover)
James L Framo, Timothy T. Weber, Felise B. Levine
R2,251 Discovery Miles 22 510 Within 7 - 12 working days


Coming Home Again is a compelling case study of a single family that underwent family-of-origin therapy, presented by one of the earliest and best-known pioneers in the field. This book is unique in its presentation of the two dimensions of the therapeutic experience - that of the therapist and that of the clients. Framo and Levine serve as the therapy team, while Weber and his family are the clients in these two specialized, intense, brief intervention sessions that occurred one year apart. The transcripts of the sessions are supported by commentary from both therapists as well as insights from Weber - the client - who brings to bear clinical knowledge and knowledge of himself and his family. The underlying story - the story of the therapists - is almost as compelling as the family's story. It is a candid, honest look at family-of-origin therapy from those who partook in the sessions.

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Thinking Straight - The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality (Paperback, New Ed): Chrys Ingraham Thinking Straight - The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality (Paperback, New Ed)
Chrys Ingraham
R819 Discovery Miles 8 190 Within 7 - 12 working days

What is heterosexuality? In recent years, scholars in all fields have spent so much time defining homosexuality, that the nature of heterosexuality goes unexplored. In White Wedding, Chrys Ingraham began to ask the important questions about the nature of the institution--how was heterosexuality invented, naturalized, normalized, and institutionalized? These questions begin to define the field that Ingraham has dubbed 'Critical Heterosexual Studies'. In Thinking Straight, a collection of original essays will unravel the current heterosexual scene. The collection will be broken into three parts: one on power, one on paradox, and one on promise. Topics will include: cartoons and heterosexuality; weddings; proms; citizenship; marriage penalties; mermaids and myth.

Social Identities Aross Life Course (Paperback): Jenny Hockey, Allison James Social Identities Aross Life Course (Paperback)
Jenny Hockey, Allison James
R784 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R61 (8%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This text brings together sociological, anthropological, and social policy perspectives on the life course with a view to developing the conceptual rigor of the term as well as to exploring the rich range of debates and issues it encompasses. Linking traditional sociological and anthropological concerns with more recent postmodern debates centered on the self, identity, and time, the book integrates theoretical debates about childhood, youth, middle age, and later life with empirical material in an illuminating and innovative way.

Unlimited Intimacy - Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (Paperback): Tim Dean Unlimited Intimacy - Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (Paperback)
Tim Dean
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Within 7 - 13 working days

Barebacking--when gay men deliberately abandon condoms and embrace unprotected sex--has incited a great deal of shock, outrage, anger, and even disgust, but very little contemplation. Purposely flying in the face of decades of safe-sex campaigning and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, barebacking is unquestionably radical behavior, behavior that most people would rather condemn than understand. Thus the time is ripe for "Unlimited Intimacy," Tim Dean's riveting investigation into barebacking and the distinctive subculture that has grown around it.

Audacious and undeniably provocative, Dean's profoundly reflective account is neither a manifesto nor an apology; instead, it is a searching analysis that tests the very limits of the study of sex in the twenty-first century. Dean's extensive research into the subculture provides a tour of the scene's bars, sex clubs, and Web sites; offers an explicit but sophisticated analysis of its pornography; and documents his own personal experiences in the culture. But ultimately, it is HIV that animates the controversy around barebacking, and "Unlimited Intimacy" explores how barebackers think about transmitting the virus--especially the idea that deliberately sharing it establishes a new network of kinship among the infected. According to Dean, intimacy makes us vulnerable, exposes us to emotional risk, and forces us to drop our psychological barriers. As a committed experiment in intimacy without limits--one that makes those metaphors of intimacy quite literal--barebacking thus says a great deal about how intimacy works.

Written with a fierce intelligence and uncompromising nerve, "Unlimited Intimacy" will prove to be a milestone in our understanding of sexual behavior.

Deserving Desire - Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution (Hardcover): Beth Montemurro Deserving Desire - Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution (Hardcover)
Beth Montemurro
R1,987 Discovery Miles 19 870 Within 7 - 11 working days

Women experience considerable changes in their bodies, lives, and identity between the ages of twenty and seventy, including marriage, motherhood, the dissolution of relationships, and menopause, all of which often impact sexuality. In "Deserving Desire," Beth Montemurro takes a wide-ranging look at the evolution of women's sexuality over time, with a specific focus on the development of sexual subjectivity--that is sexual confidence, agency, and a sense of entitlement to sexual desire.
Detailed stories of the ninety-five women in this study explore how they become more comfortable with their bodies, when most begin to enjoy sex, feel confident and positive about engaging in it, and how they become sexual subjects in control of their bodies. "Deserving Desire" explores the complex multi-stage process in which sexual subjectivity evolves over a woman's lifetime. As girls, they learn about sex and how those around them--parents, peers, religion and media--regard sex. Physical and emotional transitions such as having a baby or ending a relationship further affect women's sexual confidence and desire. Montemurro emphasizes that sexual subjectivity is about feeling in control of sexual decision making and acting purposefully and confidently.
Though adolescent sexuality has been a major focus of sociological research, few studies have examined, as Montemurro does here, the development of sexuality through women's lives and the events that change the way women feel about themselves, their bodies, and their relationships.

Promises I Can Keep - Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Kathryn Edin, Maria... Promises I Can Keep - Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Kathryn Edin, Maria Kefalas; Foreword by Frank Furstenberg
R549 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R113 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many poor American youth like Millie continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them?
Over a span of five years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms like Millie to learn how they think about marriage and family. "Promises I Can Keep "offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the most extensive on-the-ground study to date of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.

Finding Family - My Search for Roots and Secrets in My DNA (Paperback): Richard Hill Finding Family - My Search for Roots and Secrets in My DNA (Paperback)
Richard Hill
R355 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R79 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Strip Club - Gender, Power, and Sex Work (Paperback, New): Kim Price-Glynn Strip Club - Gender, Power, and Sex Work (Paperback, New)
Kim Price-Glynn
R460 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R60 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In Strip Club, Kim Price‒Glynn takes us behind the scenes at a rundown club where women strip out of economic need, a place where strippers' stories are not glamorous or liberating, but emotionally demanding and physically exhausting. Strip Club reveals the intimate working lives of not just the women up on stage, but also the patrons and other workers who make the place run: the owner‒m anager, bartenders, dejays, doormen, bouncers, housemoms, and cocktail waitresses.

Price‒Glynn spent fourteen months at The Lion's Den working as a cocktail waitress, and her uncommonly deep access reveals a conflict‒ridden workplace, similar to any other workplace, one where gender inequalities are reproduced through the everyday interactions of customers and workers. Taking a novel approach to this controversial and often misunderstood industry, Price‒Glynn draws a fascinating portrait of life and work inside the strip club.

Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover): Kathleen E. Jenkins Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover)
Kathleen E. Jenkins
R1,988 Discovery Miles 19 880 Within 7 - 11 working days

Even in our world of redefined life partnerships and living arrangements, most marriages begin through sacred ritual connected to a religious tradition. But if marriage rituals affirm deeply held religious and secular values in the presence of clergy, family, and community, where does divorce, which severs so many of these sacred bonds, fit in? Sociologist Kathleen Jenkins takes up this question in a work that offers both a broad, analytical perspective and a uniquely intimate view of the role of religion in ending marriages. For more than five years, Jenkins observed religious support groups and workshops for the divorced and interviewed religious practitioners in the midst of divorces, along with clergy members who advised them. Her findings appear here in the form of eloquent and revealing stories about individuals managing emotions in ways that make divorce a meaningful, even sacred process. Clergy from mainline Protestant denominations to Baptist churches, Jewish congregations, Unitarian fellowships, and Catholic parishes talk about the concealed nature of divorce in their congregations. Sacred Divorce describes their cautious attempts to overcome such barriers, and to assemble meaningful symbols and practices for members by becoming compassionate listeners, delivering careful sermons, refitting existing practices like Catholic annulments and Jewish divorce documents (gets), and constructing new rituals. With attention to religious, ethnic, and class variations, covering age groups from early thirties to mid-sixties and separations of only a few months to up to twenty years, Sacred Divorce offers remarkable insight into individual and cultural responses to divorce and the social emotions and spiritual strategies that the clergy and the faithful employ to find meaning in the breach. At once a sociological document, an ethnographic analysis, and testament of personal experience, Sacred Divorce provides guidance, strategies and answers to readers looking for answers and those looking to heal.

Sociology of Family Life (Paperback): David Cheal Sociology of Family Life (Paperback)
David Cheal
R828 R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Save R66 (8%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This lucid and accessible introductory text from a highly regarded author provides students who are encountering the sociology of the family for the first time with a systematic and stimulating way of thinking about the subject based on a core set of analytical questions. Coherent and persuasive, it blends theory with empirical examples drawn from all over the world, thus offering valuable insights into the differences and commonalities between families in quite diverse social and cultural contexts.

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