Description : Working Daughter provides a roadmap for women trying to navigate caring for aging parents and their careers. Using the author’s own experiences as a prime example, it’s ideal for readers who want straight talk and real advice about the challenges and rewards of eldercare while managing a career and family.
Description : Within the common destiny is the individual destiny. So it is that through the telling of one Chinese peasant woman's life, a vivid vision of Chinese history and culture is illuminated. Over the course of two years, Ida Pruitt--a bicultural social worker, writer, and contributor to Sino-American understanding--visited with Ning Lao T'ai-ta'i, three times a week for breakfast. These meetings, originally intended to elucidate for Pruitt traditional Chinese family customs of which Lao T'ai-t'ai possessed some insight, became the foundation for an enduring friendship. As Lao T'ai-t'ai described the cultural customs of her family, and of the broader community of which they were a part, she invoked episodes from her own personal history to illustrate these customs, until eventually the whole of her life lay open before her new confidante. Pruitt documented this story, casting light not only onto Lao T'ai-t'ai's own biography, but onto the character of life for the common man of China, writ large. The final product is a portrayal of China that is "vividly and humanly revealed."
Description : Women are encouraged to believe that they can occupy top jobs in society by the example of other women thriving in their careers. Who better to be a role model for career success than your mother? Paradoxically, this book shows that having a mother as a role model, even for graduates of top universities, does not predict daughters progressing in their own careers. It finds that mothers with careers, whilst highly influential in their daughters’ choice of career path, rarely mentor their daughters as they progress. This is partly explained by ‘quiet ambition’ – the tendency of women to be modest about their achievements. Bigger issues are the twin pressures from contemporary motherhood and workplace culture that ironically lead career women’s daughters to believe that being a ‘good mother’ means working part-time. This stalls career progress. Based on a large, cross-generational qualitative sample, this book offers a timely and original perspective on the debate about gender equality in leadership positions.
Description : In this original book, Claudia Leeb uses a poststructuralist perspective to chart explicit and tacit assumptions about the working class in general and the working-class woman specifically in the classical texts of prominent political philosophers and social critics including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Rousseau, Marx, Weber and Bourdieu. The author argues that philosophical discourses that construct such categories as the Other function as disciplinary practices that aim at keeping working-class women either out of or at the margins of academic institutions. She analyzes interviews with women from a range of national origins in New York City's elite academic institutions, who identified their backgrounds as working class. Her analysis foregrounds the potential of these women to resist class and gender discipline. Working-Class Women in Elite Academia makes a significant contribution to political-theory literature on injustice that challenges and reconfigures the meanings of woman and working class. It is of particular interest to political philosophers, critical theorists, and women's and gender studies scholars.
Description : This new volume from SEA illuminates the importance of gender as a frame of reference in the study of economic life. The contributors are economic anthropologists who consider the role of gender and work in a cross-cultural context, examining issues of: historical change, the construction of globalization, household authority and entitlement, and entrepreneurship and autonomy. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers in anthropology and in the related fields of economics, sociology of work, gender studies, women's studies, and economic development. Published in cooperation with the Society for Economic Anthropology. Visit their web page.
Description : Daughter(s) with Absent Fathers is a short book of letters a man on a train is regularly sending to his daughter he rediscovered. They reintroduced themselves after she became an adult. They met by accident. He was simply trying to stop a young man from yelling and pulling on his girlfriend out in public. The man had finished yanking her and her child out the car by the time he approached them. Papers fell out. Her purse fell out. Now the couple was looking at an interferer. That is, until they saw his eyes. It was then and there they came to realize it wasthat womans father. Suddenly this young man had the door opened for her and her child to get back in. Her eyes never left her fathers. Her body was helped back into the car. Next he had thrown her purse into her laps. Then he got in and they were gone. Embarrassment in the public caused this father to look down. Eighteen years had flashed by with repeats of horrors, screeches and pain since he last saw this sight. Except then it were she, he, her mother and her new boyfriend. Now this time around, on the ground, were envelopes. There lay an address that, for him, spelled change on the horizon. From those papers came one letter with his daughters name and address. He thought a contact. He thought to keep it a secret from her boyfriend. How does one keep secret letters from him, he thought. Thus you have in this book those letters. Letters of advice about dealing with relationships in this book called Daughter(s) with Absent Fathers.
Description : To whom does a father, retiring from his life as a successful entrepreneur, pass control of the business he has built? Once it would always have been his eldest son, but increasingly women are becoming involved in family firms having risen to positions of influence and leadership. Using revealing case studies from the daughters who succeeded their entrepreneur fathers in a wide variety of challenging situations, cultures and continents, Father-Daughter Succession in Family Business discusses the changes which have led to daughters gaining influence in more and more family businesses. It looks at the tensions this succession can produce between old notions of how men and women should behave, and the new style of leadership that often comes about when a woman takes the helm. This book will help consultants, business educators, and researchers, as well as those who are themselves involved in significant family managed enterprises to better understand why it can no longer be assumed in any part of the World that the first born son will take over the reins of the family business.
Description : Based on a five-year study of twenty-eight young, unmarried working women during the early stages of Hong Kong's labor-intensive industrialization, this classic ethnography opens up the question, Does earning money give women power and improve women's position in their families? In Working Daughters of Hong Kong Janet Salaff demonstrates the power of the Chinese family to direct its working daughters' material contributions to the family within the burgeoning Hong Kong industrial economy. Depicting the impact of industrialization upon family relationships and the fabric of local society, she concludes that although the effects of industrial employment resonate throughout the lives of working women, strong bonds of loyalty and obligation to family are sustained by all the subjects.
Description : A four-year study of 300 middle-class and working-class couples, this text draws on cross-disciplinary research and debunks the myth of the overwrought working mother with her insensitive husband and neglected children.