Weaving modern-day wives' tales: women redefining wifehood

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dc.creator Taylor, Dana Katherine en_US
dc.date.available 2011-02-18T23:47:56Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2001-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2346/20574 en_US
dc.description.abstract Women's Lives as portrayed in art, literature, and public sentiment reflect like notions of marriage offering the quintessential defining moment of their personhood. Feminist thought and analysis has questioned such assumptions and has sought to raise awareness to the multi-dimensionality of women's lives and as well to provide critical analysis of the disproportionate advantage for men through the institution of marriage. Consequently, while feminist research promotes and values the direct inquiry into women's lives to replace mythical notions about women with truths, such investigations into the personal experiences of women as wives has been a neglected area of inquiry. This study provides a phenomenological exploration of wifehood as it is incorporated into the tapestry of the female self, based upon an integration of feminist, symbolic interactionist, and psychosocial developmentalist theories. Utilizing an existing, ongoing investigation into adult identity, the Adult Identity Development Project (Sorell, Montgomery, & Busch-Rossnagel, 1983-2001), designed to inquire into role-related identities, a small sub-sample of twenty-six married, professional women, from the West Texas area were selected and their qualitative interview data for the role of wife was analyzed. These women were selected because of their high levels of education and the resultant anticipation of their ability to articulate effectively about processes and thoughts that often remain internal and invisible, and as well because of their participation twice in the interview series, approximately a decade apart, providing an opportunity to look at change as well as constancy over time. Utilizing a semi-structured interview schedule, women were invited to share their experiences as wives, answering questions regarding saliency and meaning, personal influence and effect, behavioral expressions, expectations of others, perceived benefits and costs, as well as past, present, or future changes in this role. Utilizing Wolcott's (1994) three-staged protocol for qualitative data analysis, these women's responses were determined to be both unitary and divergent. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Texas Tech University en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Sex role en_US
dc.subject Married women en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.title Weaving modern-day wives' tales: women redefining wifehood en_US
dc.type Electronic Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.department Human Development and Family Studies en_US
dc.degree.discipline Human Development and Family Studies en_US
dc.degree.grantor Texas Tech University en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.availability unrestricted en_US

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