This book brings together the work of a diverse and exciting array of social scientists who touch all three sides of an important but relatively neglected triangle. This is the intersection of gender stratification and economic variables with, and within, the family or household. The effort began with a special issue of the Journal of Family Issues (Vol. 9, No. 1, March 1988) that I edited. Six of the chapters, by Janet Chafetz, Marion Coleman, Randall Collins, Joan Huber, Diane Wolf, and myself, are from that issue. The remainder were written or adapted for this volume.
All the chapters provide new theory and/or data on the interrelationships among economic, gender and family (or household) variables. Moreover, to varying degrees, the chapters consider this "triple overlap" at both macro and micro levels. A considerable amount of work has been done on each of the two-way relationships among the three principal variables, although the topic of intrahousehold economic relationships (Dwyer and Bruce, 1988), or "money and marriage" (Blumstein and Schwartz, 1983; Pahl, 1989), has only recently begun to receive the attention it deserves. There has been relatively little done on "triple intersection" relationship, however, and the authors of this volume seek to make a contribution in this area.
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