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Educated in Romance

Women, Achievement, and College Culture

Is romance more important to women in college than grades are? Why do so many women enter college with strong academic backgrounds and firm career goals but leave with dramatically scaled-down ambitions? Dorothy C. Holland and Margaret A. Eisenhart expose a pervasive "culture of romance" on campus: a high-pressure peer system that propels women into a world where their attractiveness to men counts most.

288 pages | 7 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1990

Education: Higher Education

Gender and Sexuality

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Introduction
1. Why Study Women’s Responses to Schooling?
2. The Odyssey behind the Case
Part 2 - The Theoretical Framework and Existing Studies
3. Reproduction Theory and the Gender Status Quo
4. Questions about Women’s Responses to Schooling
Part 3 - The Study
5. Campus Profiles and an Overview of the Study
6. Campus Life: The Past and the Present
Part 4 - Gender Relations
7. Gender Relations Culturally Construed: Romance and Attractiveness
8. Girlfriends: Fragile Ties with Other Women
9. Getting into the World of Romance and Attractiveness
10. Strategic Moves: Postponing, Feigning, and Dropping Out of Romance
11. Gender Politics and Peer Divisions
Part 5 - Academics
12. Schoolwork for What?
13. Pathways to Marginal Careers
14. Women’s Discontents with the University
Part 6 - Conclusions
15. Unfinished Lives
Appendix: Research Design and Methods


American Educational Studies Association: AESA Critics' Choice Book Award

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