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Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action 1940-1972


reviewed by Steven Weiland — 1997

coverTitle: Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action 1940-1972
Author(s): Margaret Rossiter
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801857112, Pages: 624, Year: 1998
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When Robert Hughes (1993) called the United States a “culture of complaint” in his acclaimed book by that name he included professors for their desire for more recognition than they deserved, given their self-satisfied isolation from life away from campus and their disciplines. Still, if many professors feel entitled to a complaint, some recognize their good fortune. Near the end of his contribution to a new collection of personal essays by professors with working-class backgrounds (This Fine Place), sociologist Michael Schwalbe of North Carolina State University speaks with candor and pleasure of his circumstances: I enjoy this life. I’m not split between an unfree world of working for someone else and a separate home world where I can do what I want. Sure, there’s some work to do in this job, things I’d rather not do. But this is small stuff, and it’s rarely dirty or dangerous. So even if students,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 3, 1997, p. 537-560
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9638, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 1:00:18 AM

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