J. Clausen, AM'65, Faded Mosaic: The Emergence of
Post-Cultural America (Ivan R. Dee). Clausen argues that despite
the current emphasis on cultural diversity, the contemporary United
States is not multicultural, but the world's first post-cultural
society. This, he writes, has led to a heightened sense of individualism,
stemming from the family values of the political right and the
multiculturalism of the left.
R. Davidman, AM'78, Motherloss (University of
California Press). In this collection of sixty interviews with
adults of various backgrounds, Davidman argues that the experience
of losing one's mother to death is shaped by our social conceptions
of women's roles in the family and in society. She also draws
upon her experience as the only female in an Orthodox Jewish family
after her mother died when Davidman was 13.
Gorawara-Bhat, PhD'93, The Social and Spatial Ecology
of Work: The Case of a Survey Research Organization (Kluwer
Academic/Plenum Publishers). This ethnography of a survey research
organization highlights the ways in which workers, in the course
of negotiating their routine work lives, use aspects of their
spatial work setting to solidify the social ecology of work.
Handel, AB'47, AM'51, PhD'62, Making a Life in Yorkville
(Greenwood Press). Based on an unedited life narrative of
an urban, working class, middle-aged man, this work uses established
concepts and formulates some new ones in the study of life course.
D. Kooden, AB'59, AM'64, PhD'67, and Charles Flowers,
Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife (William Morrow and
Co.). The authors explore aging and its impact on key areas of
gay male life: body image and sexuality, physical and spiritual
health, work and play, HIV and AIDS, and friendships and relationships.