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Shedding new light on the political socialization of American women

Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization

Two Generations at an American Women's College

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Krista Jenkins

"Jenkins provides a fresh approach to and a timely analysis of women's political engagement. Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization is a lively read, featuring captivating and compelling stories and life histories. This book will fill important gaps in our understanding of the persistence of gender inequality and women’s attitudes toward feminism and the women's movement."
Verta Taylor, Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Using a unique data set comparing mothers and daughters who attended Douglass College—the women's college of Rutgers University—twenty-five years apart, Krista Jenkins perceptively observes the changes in how women acquire their attitudes toward gender roles and behaviors in the post-women's movement years.

Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization examines the role of intergenerational transmission—the maternal influences on younger women—while also looking at differences among women in attitudes and behaviors relative to gender roles that might be attributed to the nature of the times during their formative years. How do daughters coming of age in an era when the women's movement is far less visible deal with gendered expectations compared to their mothers? Do they accept the contemporary status quo their feminist mothers fought so hard to achieve? Or, do they press forward with new goals?

Jenkins shows how contemporary women are socialized to accept or reject traditional gender roles that serve to undermine their equality.

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Read the Introduction (pdf).

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Contents

Preface

Introduction
1. Gender Roles and Political Socialization
2. Considering the Women’s Movement
3. Gender Roles and Private Life
4. Gender Roles and Public Life
5. Gender Roles and the Political Process
6. Consistency and Consolidation

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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About the Author(s)

Krista Jenkins is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Subject Categories

Political Science and Public Policy
Women's Studies
Sociology


In the series

Social Logic of Politics, edited by Scott D. McClurg.

The Social Logic of Politics Series, edited by Scott D. McClurg (formerly edited by Alan S. Zuckerman), directs attention to several related clusters of research in the social sciences. At the core is a theoretical principle: individuals make political decisions, like other choices, by taking into account cues from other persons. Studies move from individuals to groups to large scale collectivities. Usually examining micro-politics-voting and other forms of political participation; the place of politics in households, the family, the friendship unit, and the neighborhood- this research also studies how broader political and social contexts influence and are influenced by these micro-processes. It includes as well "small group behavior" in political institutions, such as exchanges of cues in legislatures and patron-client relations in bureaucratic agencies and political parties. Books in The Social Logic of Politics Series will apply research techniques that run the gamut of contemporary political science, sociology, communications, and geography.

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