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Sarah Damaske - Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, Sociology, and Women's Studies, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Blue-Collar Marriage

Author: Mirra Komarovsky

Book Description:

Mirra Komarovsky is both an intellectual hero of mine and someone whose work continues to profoundly influence my own. She was one of the first feminist women sociologists and she became the second woman elected to president of the American Sociological Association. Her numerous books on work, family, and gender were groundbreaking at the time of publication and remain so today. My first book drew on the research in Blue-Collar Marriage — her early insights into the meanings people attached to work and to home (and how class shapes this process) continue to resonate today. There have been few scholars to hold such keen insight on the way cultural attitudes about gender play out inside families.

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