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The Resource Divorce talk : women and men make sense of personal relationships, Catherine Kohler Riessman

Divorce talk : women and men make sense of personal relationships, Catherine Kohler Riessman

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Divorce talk : women and men make sense of personal relationships
Title
Divorce talk
Title remainder
women and men make sense of personal relationships
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Catherine Kohler Riessman
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Taking a new look at divorce in America, Catherine Reissman shows how divorce is socially shared, and how it takes crucially different forms for women and men. Drawing on interviews with adults who are divorcing, she treats their accounts as texts to be interpreted, as templates for understanding contemporary beliefs about personal relationships. Riessman looks at the ideology of the companionate marriage: husband and wife should be each other's closest companion, and in marriage one should achieve emotial intimacy and sexual fulfillment. These beliefs imply a level of equality that rarely exists. In reality, most wives are subordinate to their husbands, most husbands want neither "deep talk" nor small talk that women want, and many husbands resent their wife's ties to kin and friends. To explain divorce, women and men construct gendered visions of what marriage should provide, and at the same time they mourn gender divisions and blame their divorces on them. Riessman examines the stories people tell about their marriages--the protagonists, inciting conditions, and culminating events--and how these narrative structures provide ways to persuade both teller and listener that divorce was justified. Although divorce is invariably stressful, many people believe that men suffer less than women. This is an artifact of what Riessman calls the "feminization of psychological distress"--traditional ways of measuring distress reflect women's idioms, not men's. Departing from a literature that casts divorce in only negative terms, she finds paradoxically that women sense rewards, even as they report hardship. There is a shakeup in gender roles, and women more than men feel they gain a fuller idea of who they are. The author allows us to enter the points of view of her subjects, while her analytic approach makes links between the self and society. -- Publisher description
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DLC
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1939-
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Riessman, Catherine Kohler
Dewey number
306.89
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ834
LC item number
.R54 1990
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Divorced people
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Divorced people
  • Divorce
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Divorced people
  • Divorce
  • United States
  • Ehescheidung
  • Zwischenmenschliche Beziehung
  • Psychologie
  • USA
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Divorce talk : women and men make sense of personal relationships, Catherine Kohler Riessman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-268) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making sense of divorce: personal meaning in a social context --- Mourning different dreams: gender and the companionate marriage ---- The teller's problem: four narrative accounts of divorce --- Personal trauma in women and men: the private experience of social trouble --- Starting a new life: the positive consequences of divorce --- Divorce is here to stay: what can we learn from it?
Control code
ocm20012169
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 276 pages
Isbn
9780813515038
Lccn
89036065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o20012169
  • (OCoLC)20012169
Label
Divorce talk : women and men make sense of personal relationships, Catherine Kohler Riessman
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making sense of divorce: personal meaning in a social context --- Mourning different dreams: gender and the companionate marriage ---- The teller's problem: four narrative accounts of divorce --- Personal trauma in women and men: the private experience of social trouble --- Starting a new life: the positive consequences of divorce --- Divorce is here to stay: what can we learn from it?
Control code
ocm20012169
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 276 pages
Isbn
9780813515038
Lccn
89036065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o20012169
  • (OCoLC)20012169

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