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ERIC Number: ED429730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 10
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Semiotic Processes in Women's Coordination of Work and Family.
Crawford, Valerie M.
This study examined how women who work in the professions and who have been mothers for 1 to 4 years construct and coordinate their roles as professionals and as mothers, in terms of both the symbolic meanings of these roles and the practical organization of their daily activity related to these roles. Fifteen women participated in extensive individual interviews designed to probe the personal significance of each role, professional and mother, and to explore their thoughts and feelings about day care, child-rearing, and women's roles in society. The perspectives taken in coordinating work and family were identified from the transcribed interviews. Additionally, the form of coordination (oppositional or nonoppositional) was identified. Findings revealed four perspectives: (1) ego-anchored, in which self figures prominently, with pleasures and stresses of working and mothering contributing to one's development; (2) child-anchored, in which the child's needs are prominent; (3) role-anchored/work, emphasizing professional identity, work, and professional achievements and satisfactions; and (4) role-anchored family, emphasizing the maternal role, identification with it, and enjoyment derived from it. Oppositional forms of coordination were evident in statements regarding conflict or situations in which one domain constrains activity in another. Nonoppositional coordination was apparent in considerations of tradeoffs and specific positive effects across domains. Lengthy citations from interviews illustrate the perspectives. The perspectives act as mediators of action, thinking, and feelings, in the domains of working, mothering, and coordinating the two and thus complements outcomes-oriented studies. (Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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