Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 1-8
  3. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 9-24
  4. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 25-37
  5. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 38-64
  6. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 65-83
  7. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 84-105
  8. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 106-127
  9. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 128-158
  10. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 159-177
  11. Tuula Gordon
    Pages 178-198
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-224

About this book


Historically women have been defined in relation to men. Single women have been represented both as 'old maids' who could not get a man and as 'city-singles' who do not want a man. Both stereotypes potentially marginalise single women in family-centred societies. But there is also increasing diversity in family and household formations. This book explores both continuities and changes in the position of single women (unmarried and divorced) in London, San Francisco Bay area and Helsinki, Finland. The 72 women interviewed are a heterogeneous group in terms of occupation, ethnic grouping, sexual orientation etc. Their struggles to establish autonomy and independence are analysed: single women are learning a 'new script'. Simple generalisations are avoided, and the diversity of single women is emphasised. The theoretical concerns of the book centre on 'individual' and 'individuality' as gender-specific concepts.


autonomy family gender interview learning women

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