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Earning More and Getting Less Why Successful Wives Can't Buy Equality

ISBN-10: 0813536790
ISBN-13: 9780813536798
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

"Tichenor provides another slam dunk against a simple, purely materialist explanation for male privilege in marriage. She shows us that even though money matters, women need an ideology of equality to draw upon to negotiate fairness in marriage."-Barbara Risman, co-chair, Council on Contemporary Families "Tichenor's research sheds light on the inner workings of families and helps us to clearly see the power of gender ideology and to understand how and why women's higher earnings can be a liability rather than a resource."-Beth Anne Shelton, professor of sociology, University of Texas at Arlington For nearly two decades the wage gap between men and women has remained virtually unchanged. Women continue to earn, on average, 80 cents for every dollar that men earn. Yet despite persistent discrimination in wages, studies are also beginning to show that a growing number of women are out-earning their husbands. Nationwide, nearly one-third of working women are the chief breadwinners in their families. The trend is particularly pronounced among the demographic of highly educated women. Does this increase in earnings, however, equate to a shift in power dynamics between husbands and wives? In Earning More and Getting Less, sociologist Veronica Jaris Tichenor shows how, historically, men have derived a great deal of power over financial and household decisions by bringing home all (or most) of the family's income. Yet, financial superiority has not been a similar source of power for women. Tichenor demonstrates how wives, instead of using their substantial incomes to negotiate more egalitarian relationships, enable their husbands to perpetuate male dominance within the family. Weaving personalaccounts, in-depth interviews, and compelling narrative, this important study reveals disturbing evidence that the conventional power relations defined by gender are powerful enough to undermine hierarchies defined by money. Earning More and Getting Less is essential reading in sociology, psychology, and family and gender studies. Veronica Jaris Tichenor is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the State University of New York--Institute of Technology.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Higher-Earning Wives: Swimming against the Tide
Thinking about Gender and Power in Marriage
Gendered Bargain: Why Wives Cannot Trade Their Money for Housework
Dollar Rich and Power Poor: Why Wives Do Not Control the Money
Calling the Shots: Why Wives Have Limited Decision-Making Power
Negotiating Identity and Power
Are They Happy? Managing Tensions and Disappointments
Floating Along for the Ride? Higher-Earning Wives and the Prospects for Gender Change
Questionnaire
Interview Guide
Strategies for Data Analysis
Bibliography
Index

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