Single Women/Family Ties: Life Histories of Older Women

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SAGE Publications, 1989 - 149 pages
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This important qualitative study illuminates lifelong single women's contributions to family development in relation to their widowed peers. Allen examines the social and historical contexts of the women's childhoods, their experiences as young adults and the processes leading to their being single or married. Midlife variations in family caregiving experiences and the meaning of being single in old age are also discussed.

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Series Editors Foreword
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WorkingClass Single Women in Historical
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The Research Process
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Katherine R. Allen (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is Professor of Family Studies and adjunct professor of Women's Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her primary academic interests are in family diversity over the life course, feminism and family studies, and qualitative research methods. She is also interested in feminist and anti-racist pedagogy and women's leadership in higher education. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Journal of Aging Studies, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies. She was co-editor of the Handbook of Family Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2000) with David Demo and Mark Fine, the co-author of Women and Families: Feminist Reconstructions with Kristine Baber (Guilford, 1992), and the author of Single Women/Family Ties: Life Histories of Older Women (Sage, 1989), has served as a contributing author in a number of Sage titles (e.g., Hendrick & Hendrick's Close Relationships: A Sourcebook, McKenry/Price's Families & Change, 3/e), and is a prolific author of journal articles.



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