March 14, 2019

Book Review - Gender and Work by Sternadori & Prentice

Continuing my series, here is another book for which I've written a chapter. Thanks for checking it out!

Gender and Work:
Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance, and Identity

Edited by Miglena Sternadori and Carrie Prentice

Genres: Academic, Gender, History, Women's Literature
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Length: 279 pages
Published: May 1, 2016
Purchase Links: Amazon, Cambridge Scholars

My Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (yes, I'm biased)

Official Book Summary:
"Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the 'glass floor,' 'glass ceiling,' and 'glass walls' – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of 'work' in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015.

The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society.

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in women’s studies, sociology, history, and communication could use this book in courses that address the gendered workplace from an interdisciplinary perspective. Scholars from various disciplines interested in gender and work could also use the book as a reference and a guidepost for future research. Finally, this collection will be of interest to human resource professionals and other readers seeking to expand their perspectives on the gendered workplace."

About the Editors:
"Miglena Sternadori is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. She was a member of the 'first class' of young journalists after the fall of Communism in her native Bulgaria. She worked as a journalist for seven years, including five as an investigative reporter. She has covered government and business, including the controversial Bulgarian privatization, and is an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism, where she first arrived in 2000 on a scholarship for Eastern European journalists. Sternadori is the author of Mediated Eros: Sexual Scripts Within and Across Cultures (2015). She has published in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Media Psychology, Women’s Studies in Communication, Newspaper Research Journal, Atlantic Journal of Communication, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Journal of Media Education, among others."

"Carolyn Prentice is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota, where she has taught since earning her PhD in Communication from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 2005. She teaches a variety of courses including qualitative research, gender, theory, and family communication. She has published and presented a number of interpretive studies in family communication, and is currently conducting an interview study of latter-day hippies." 

My Contribution and Endorsement:
As you can see, this volume is an edited collection adapted from some of the graduate student papers presented at the 2015 Women and Gender Conference. Based off of my conference presentation, I contributed the chapter "The Intersection of L.T. Meade's Professional and Domestic Victorian Celebrity." In the chapter, I discuss how the prolific author of over 200 texts balanced writing, editing, and contributing in both the public and private sphere, and how she was represented by the media through magazine and newspaper interviews. If you're interested in issues of gender and work and the balance of public and private life, you should definitely check out this volume.

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