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Connection, Compromise, and Control

Canadian Women Discuss Midlife

Nancy Mandell, Susannah Wilson and Ann Duffy

This text provides discussion of the female life cycle based on in-depth interviews with 150 diverse women at various stages in their lives, including women from visible minorities, lesbians, women with disabilities, and women living in poverty. In this text, particular attention will be paid to issues of: baby boomers; the women's movement; work and economic security; caregiving; health and well-being; family and intimacy; and structure, culture, and agency. All the chapters underline the need for a new perspective that incorporates the historical and generational shifts in women's lives and their experience of aging.

Readership : A supplementary text aimed at upper-level undergraduate courses.

1. Midlife Under Siege: Baby Boomers Confront Aging
2. Structure, Culture and Agency in the Study of Midlife Women
3. Midlife Women and the Women's Movement
4. Family and Intimacy: Looking for Connection
5. Caregiving: The Lifelong Compromise
6. Work and Economic Control
7. Health and Well-being
8. Conclusion: Ambivalence and an Ambiguous Future

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Nancy Mandell is Associate Professor in Sociology and Women's Studies at York University. Susannah Wilson is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. Ann Duffy is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology at Brock University.

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Special Features

  • Has both Canadian and international scope.
  • Topics that are normally overlooked, such as intergenerational connections between mothers and daughters and the midlife needs of women, are discussed in detail.
  • Addresses important contemporary issues such as globalization, migration, popular culture, and the media.
  • Critical thinking questions included at the end of each chapter.