Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life

Paperback | August 1, 2003

byElizabeth Long

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Book clubs are everywhere these days. And women talk about the clubs they belong to with surprising emotion. But why are the clubs so important to them? And what do the women discuss when they meet? To answer questions like these, Elizabeth Long spent years observing and participating in women's book clubs and interviewing members from different discussion groups. Far from being an isolated activity, she finds reading for club members to be an active and social pursuit, a crucial way for women to reflect creatively on the meaning of their lives and their place in the social order.

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Book clubs are everywhere these days. And women talk about the clubs they belong to with surprising emotion. But why are the clubs so important to them? And what do the women discuss when they meet? To answer questions like these, Elizabeth Long spent years observing and participating in women's book clubs and interviewing members from...

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Book clubs are everywhere these days. And women talk about the clubs they belong to with surprising emotion. But why are the clubs so important to them? And what do the women discuss when they meet? To answer questions like these, Elizabeth Long spent years observing and participating in women's book clubs and interviewing members from...

Elizabeth Long is an associate professor of sociology at Rice University. She is the author of The American Dream and the Popular Novel and the editor of From Sociology to Cultural Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:August 1, 2003Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226492621

ISBN - 13:9780226492629

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
ONE On the Social Nature of Reading
TWO Nineteenth-Century White Women's Reading Groups: Literary Inspiration and Social Reform
THREE Between Past and Present: Introductory Reflections on the Changing Nature of Women's Reading Groups
FOUR Exploring the Social World of Houston's Reading Groups
FIVE Book Selection: Negotiating Group Identity through Literature
SIX Conversing with Books, Fashioning Subjectivity, Dealing with Difference
SEVEN Reading Groups and the Challenge of Mass Communication and Marketing
EIGHT At the End
Notes
Bibliography
Index