The Challenge of Change

Perspectives on Family, Work, and Education

  • Matina Horner
  • Carol C. Nadelson
  • Malkah T. Notman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Emerging Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Nathan Keyfitz
      Pages 5-22
    3. William H. Chafe
      Pages 23-37
  3. Families and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-95
    2. Jessie Bernard
      Pages 97-121
    3. Mary Jo Bane
      Pages 181-198
    4. Elizabeth Douvan
      Pages 199-217
  4. Options, Obstacles, and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-221
    2. Valory Mitchell, Jeanne H. Block
      Pages 223-262
    3. Joseph Katz
      Pages 263-273
    4. Abigail J. Stewart, Patricia Salt
      Pages 275-296
    5. Rhona Rapoport, Robert Rapoport
      Pages 317-323
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 325-329

About this book


This book is a compilation and update of a group of provocative papers presented at the Radcliffe College invitational conference, "Perspectives on the Patterns of an Era: Family, Work, and Education." A scholarly event saluting Radcliffe's centenary, the conference examined a range of indicators of social change, particularly as they relate to women in America in the last two decades. The program was interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from economics, history, psychology, sociol­ ogy, and psychiatry. Each conference participant was asked to explore, theoretically and empirically, the lessons of our social history and, as much as possible, to separate myth from reality with regard to recent changes in patterns of family life, work, and education. Particular emphasis was given to the examination of the rapid changes-or what have been assumed to be the rapid changes-of the last two decades. In addition, participants ana­ lyzed the perceived and actual costs and benefits associated with chang­ ing lifestyles, for women and men as individuals and for society as a whole. Finally, they considered the implications of their findings for the future and identified areas for further research.


Familie Generation Moral Nation Sex demography education organization social change social history

Editors and affiliations

  • Matina Horner
    • 1
  • Carol C. Nadelson
    • 2
  • Malkah T. Notman
    • 2
  1. 1.Radcliffe CollegeCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.New England Medical CenterTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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