The Gendered Family
1. According to Ranson, what event makes it difficult if not impossible for women to continue as “conceptual men” in engineering?
Answer: The event that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for women to continue as “conceptual men” in engineering is the act of becoming a mother. (p. 193)
2. In Ranson’s study, how did “Rosemary” position herself as a “conceptual father”?
Answer: Rosemary positioned herself as a “conceptual father” by assuming that in a hypothetical future, her partner would take on most of the child care tasks. (p. 195)
3. How did the futures imagined by the women who had not yet had children in Ranson’s study match the experiences of the women who had already had children?
Answer: The futures imagined by the childless women were very similar to the experiences of women who had had children—in other words, the expectations of the women who had not yet had children were fairly accurate. (p. 197)
4. How did the fathers in Dominelli et al.’s study regard social workers?
Answer: Some of the women in the study regarded social workers as “the enemy”, who would take their children away from them, but others regarded them as sources of information and support. (p. 204)
5. Under what circumstances did the fathers in Dominelli et al.’s study believe that they were being “misrepresented” by social workers and others in the social service system?
Answer: The fathers in Dominelli et al.’s study believed they were misrepresented when social workers and others focused on their struggles or difficulties (such as substance abuse or unemployment) and did not acknowledge their strengths. (p. 205)
6. In Dominelli et al.’s study, why did “Todd” believe that he is “invisible” to social workers?
Answer: Todd felt “invisible” because he believed that social workers minimized his involvement with the children and did not believe that he was an active or concerned father. (pp. 206–207)
7. What is the “trade-off” experienced by the elderly people in Martin-Matthew’s study in accepting home care service?
Answer: The “trade-off” experienced by the elderly people in Martin-Matthew’s study was letting other people, especially strangers, into the private space of the home, in exchange for being able to remain in their homes longer. (pp. 214–215)
8. Did the elderly people in Martin-Matthew’s study regard the home care workers as friends, employees, or family members?
Answer: The older adults in Martin-Matthew’s study regarded the workers as all three, depending on individual personalities and circumstances. (pp. 217–218)
9. How did the fathers in Coltrane’s study begin to share responsibility for child care?
Answer: The fathers in Coltrane’s study began by being present and active at the birth and early infancy of their children. (p. 224)
10. What is the “implicit equity ideal” expressed by the parents who shared responsibility for child care in Coltrane’s study?
Answer: The “implicit equity ideal” was the idea that no parent should have to perform certain child care tasks simply because of the gender of the parent. (p. 226)
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