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Unsung Heroines Single Mothers and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0520247728
ISBN-13: 9780520247727
Edition: 2006
Authors: Ruth Sidel
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Description: This compelling book destroys the derogatory images of single mothers that too often prevail in the media and in politics by creating a rich, moving, multidimensional picture of who these women really are. Ruth Sidel interviewed mothers from diverse  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 265
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This compelling book destroys the derogatory images of single mothers that too often prevail in the media and in politics by creating a rich, moving, multidimensional picture of who these women really are. Ruth Sidel interviewed mothers from diverse races, ethnicities, religions, and social classes who became single through divorce, separation, widowhood, or who never married; none had planned to raise children on their own. Weaving together these women's voices with an accessible, cutting-edge sociological and political analysis of single motherhood today,Unsung Heroinesintroduces a resilient, resourceful, and courageous population of women committed to their families, holding fast to quintessential American values, and creating positive new lives for themselves and their children. What emerges from this penetrating study is a clear message about what all families--two-parent as well as single parent--must have to succeed: decent jobs at a living wage, comprehensive health care, and preschool and after-school care. In a final chapter, Sidel gives a broad political-economic analysis that provides historical background on the way American social policy has evolved and compares the situation in the U.S. to the social policies and ideologies of other countries.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Moving Beyond Stigma
Genuine Family Values
Loss
Resilience, Strength, and Perseverance
"Everybody Knows My Grandma": Extended Families and Other Support Networks
"I Have to Do Something with My Life": Derailed Dreams
"I Really, Really Believed He Would Stick Around": Conflicting Conceptions of Commitment
An Agenda for the Twenty-first Century: Caring for All Our Families
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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