Review - : Review : Household main economic unit No...

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:: Review ::   20:32 Household main economic unit No division between public/private No division between gender roles Interdependence Changes with Enlightenment o Independent self interest o Social contract Sexual division of labor (worlds became delineated) People began looking out for themselves Public domain (male dominant) SELF INTEREST Private domain (female dominant) INTERDEPENDENT Men no emotion Women emotion, loving, caring THESE WORLDS WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO MIX! Private self interest? civic obligation Family is used for an excuse for men acting rudely, unrespectable Women could not act with self interest or else it would go against their nurturing nature *** Men resented the obligation they had towards women They thought they did all the work (home/private ‘chores’ were not viewed as real ‘work’) Taking care of children, cooking, cleaning etc. NOT LABOR Because it was done out of love Economic well being was tied to marriage Part of the problem (that we still have today): government willing to subside families that live up to these standards (because it is what they wanted to see) Establish the middle class family Middle class is considered a ‘more stable’ family  
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Public morality replaced by individual-self interest morality   20:32 Self interest
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Public morality replaced by individual-self interest morality   20:32 Not so much MY personal concern; but making the community MY concern o Linked the community Women’s concern for the wider community issues (welfare and such) Advocate for children (not necessarily JUST their own family) Men/women focused on the interest of the ENTIRE country Charities etc. Except, it put a limit on personal self interest Politics ; not so much private self interest but what is best for the community as a whole/greater good (even if it meant sacrificing some personal self interest) Economic activity was more local Face-to-face affairs Fostered ties between communities that linked them Gender roles were not clearly defined (early American republic) Men and women focused on immediate families but the community as a large too Men (more community focused then family) and women (more family focused then community) [[but still focused on both none the less!]] BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC roles
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Public morality replaced by individual-self interest morality   20:32 Post Civil War Era Gilded Age (1870’s-1890’s) [maybe 1930’s] post depression Public morality replaced by individual self interest morality More private *** concern shifted away from the community BAD: unrestrained capitalism, wealthy people trying to dominate, corrupt government [to big corporations] After Civil War; North just left and withdrew from the South Leaving the African Americans defenseless o Lead to lynching, sharecropping Things went back to how they were before the Civil War… Which increased the rate of migration from South to North; to get away from the harsh conditions
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course ISS 335 taught by Professor Zaki during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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