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Womankind : Beyond the Stereotypes - Nancy Reeves

Womankind

Beyond the Stereotypes

Paperback Published: 15th December 1982
ISBN: 9780202303000
Number Of Pages: 201

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A stereotype can be defined as a rendering by consensus. Since WOMANKIND: BEYOND THE STEREOTYPES first appeared in 1971, a turbulent decade has passed. In launching a new edition after such an interval, it seems appropriate to ask how far society has moved: be-yond the stereotypes. Such motion is a critical gauge of the status of women, for the power to define can also be the power to destroy; as long as the second sex is culturally prepackaged, its biographical destiny will be preprogrammed and perilous. Looking backward then to 1971, it is clear that the liberation movement has affected consciousness; it has even subverted received doctrine. On the other hand, the stereotypes have not disappeared; they have simply gone underground. At the explicit level, one can point to new patterns; at the implicit level, traditional definitions persist, and continue to be both determinative and destructive.

Actualizing the architecture of this book, I set out to examine fixed positions related to a) stereotypes of role, and b) assumptions of thought. In this edition, I have added a section called "Interpenetrations," where I undertake to analyze, in terms of current metamorphosis, what has hap-pened in the private and in the public spheres. The chapter entitled, "Sex and Gender," deals with the characteristic interweaving of present im-peratives and past prototypes, in relation to biography. The chapter en-titled, "The Politics of Power," deals with the same characteristic inter-weaving, in relation to history. In a transitional period, transformation proceeds unevenly: old and new are a continuing part of contemporary reality. In sum, I have attempted to harmonize what is unprecedented with what is familiar, and to dissect meaningful strands from the tangle of paradoxical precepts. Embarking on such venturesome thought, I have been mindful of the caveat of Jacob Bronowski: "If today we want to find relief from the uncertainties of a changing world in some cozy arbitrary doctrine, then we had better face the likelihood that tomorrow the Dark Ages will return."

-Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes was first drawn up for use in a pioneering course on the status of women at the University of California at Los Angeles. 'Classroom tested' for effectiveness, it is an exceptionally well-written and much-needed book for those interested in women's changing image. . . . It is a compelling argument for dismantling the contemporary stereotypes restricting women to the roles of homemaker, wife, and mother. The scope of the book, combining a well-organized sampling of historical, empirical, and philosophical data, also makes it excellent supplementary reading for courses on social problems, cultural anthropology, American society, and the development of Western civilization.-

--Audrey R. Jackson, The Family Coordinator "Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes was first drawn up for use in a pioneering course on the status of women at the University of California at Los Angeles. 'Classroom tested' for effectiveness, it is an exceptionally well-written and much-needed book for those interested in women's changing image. . . . It is a compelling argument for dismantling the contemporary stereotypes restricting women to the roles of homemaker, wife, and mother. The scope of the book, combining a well-organized sampling of historical, empirical, and philosophical data, also makes it excellent supplementary reading for courses on social problems, cultural anthropology, American society, and the development of Western civilization."

--Audrey R. Jackson, The Family Coordinator "Womankind: Beyond the Stereotypes was first drawn up for use in a pioneering course on the status of women at the University of California at Los Angeles. 'Classroom tested' for effectiveness, it is an exceptionally well-written and much-needed book for those interested in women's changing image. . . . It is a compelling argument for dismantling the contemporary stereotypes restricting women to the roles of homemaker, wife, and mother. The scope of the book, combining a well-organized sampling of historical, empirical, and philosophical data, also makes it excellent supplementary reading for courses on social problems, cultural anthropology, American society, and the development of Western civilization."

--Audrey R. Jackson, The Family Coordinator

ISBN: 9780202303000
ISBN-10: 0202303004
Series: Aldine De Gruyer
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 201
Published: 15th December 1982
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition