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Unemployed Man and His Family : The Effect of Unemployment Upon the Status of the Man in Fifty-Nine Families - Mirra Komarovsky

Unemployed Man and His Family

The Effect of Unemployment Upon the Status of the Man in Fifty-Nine Families


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In The Unemployed Man and His Family, noted sociologist and feminist Mirra Komarovsky poses the question: what happens to the authority of the male head of the family when he fails as a provider? Between 1935 and 1936, Komarovsky interviewed 59 families in 1935-36 in which the male had been unemployed for at least a year. Interestingly, in many cases, the husband's struggle in the economic sphere did not offset the solidity and happiness of the marital relationship. But unemployment seems to have affected the men's sense of their own position as head of household and providers. For one thing, it undermined their sense of themselves as breadwinners. Most found it unbearably humiliating to accept relief. Perhaps her most important finding_which still resonates today_was that those men who thought of themselves exclusively as providers suffered far more than those who had developed alternative identities as father and husband.

Prefacep. vii
Series Editor's Introductionp. ix
Introductionp. xxix
The Families and the Interviewsp. 1
The Breakdown of the Husband's Statusp. 23
Predepression Husband-Wife Relations and their Effect upon the Status of the Unemployed Manp. 49
Personality Changes of the Unemployed Husband and His Statusp. 66
The Unemployed Father and the Young Childp. 84
The Unemployed Father and the Adolescent Childp. 92
Other Effects of Unemployment upon Family Lifep. 116
Appendixp. 134
Composition of the Familiesp. 134
Description of Discerningp. 135
The Criteria of Authority Typesp. 146
Analysis of Duplicate Interviewsp. 153
Indexp. 161
Selected Bibliographyp. 163
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ISBN: 9780759107328
ISBN-10: 0759107327
Series: Classics in Gender Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 163
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.28