Feminization of the Clergy in America: Occupational and Organizational Perspectives

Hardcover | April 1, 1997

byPaula D. Nesbitt

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Feminization is said to occur when women enter any given occupation in substantial numbers, and ostensibly leads to such dynamics as sex-segregation, reduced opportunities for men, and depressed wages and diminished prestige for the occupation as a whole. Spanning more than 70 years, PaulaNesbitt's study of feminization concentrates on the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association, utilizing both statistical results and interviews to compare occupational patterns prior and subsequent to the large influx of women clergy. Among her findings, the author discovers thata decline in men's opportunities is evident before the 1970s, preceding the great influx of women over the last two decades. She also finds that increases in the number of women ordained reduced occupational prospects for other women, but enhanced those for men, thus contradicting the popular myththat women in the workplace are responsible for occupational decline.

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This thought-provoking book presents a comprehensive analysis of men's and women's career patterns in denominations with diverse histories of women's ordination and organizational structure -- the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Spanning more than 700 years, the study utilizes both statistics and interviews...

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Feminization is said to occur when women enter any given occupation in substantial numbers, and ostensibly leads to such dynamics as sex-segregation, reduced opportunities for men, and depressed wages and diminished prestige for the occupation as a whole. Spanning more than 70 years, PaulaNesbitt's study of feminization concentrates on...

Paula D. Nesbitt is at Iliff School of Theology.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 0.94 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195106865

ISBN - 13:9780195106862

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This thought-provoking book presents a comprehensive analysis of men's and women's career patterns in denominations with diverse histories of women's ordination and organizational structure -- the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Spanning more than 700 years, the study utilizes both statistics and interviews to compare occupational patterns prior and s

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