THE WOMAN IN AMERICA by Robert J. & Editors of Daedalus- Eds. Lifton


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The third book in the Daedalus Library concerns itself with the nature and place of woman in America, as discussed in the spring 1964 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. with several additional articles not seen here. The contributions range from Erik Erikson's psychological scheme of woman to Esther Peterson's pragmatic scrutiny of woman at work. Alice Rossi proposes new institutions to achieve equality but points out that ""there are few Noras in contemporary American society because women have deluded themselves that the doll's house is large enough to find complete personal fulfillment within it."" This, placed beside Lotte Bait's ""Note on the Role of Choice in the Psychology of Professional Women,"" Edna Rostow's investigation of ""Conflict and Accommodations"" and the other contributions cover basic concerns. The emphasis, except in Esther Peterson's report, is on the educated middle class woman. Historical perspectives are added by David Riesman, studying two generations, Jill Conway analyzing the charisma of Jane Addams, Joan Erikson the personal history of Eleanor Roosevelt. Not seen: three articles, authored by Robert J. Lifton, David C. McClelland, Diane Trilling. New perspectives for those earnestly concerned with the problems of woman today, on the highbrow side.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1965
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin