Community Orientations of Higher Status Women Volunteers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William T. Markham, Retired (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examines how class, gender, socialization, and member selectivity relate to the importance members of a higher-status women's organization attach to community problems. Most members come from the traditional, business-oriented middle class and politically moderate upper class. They see child welfare and health, education, substance abuse, adolescent issues, economic well-being and environment as the most important issues, but adopt establishment-oriented approaches to solving them. Lowest ratings go to issues associated with confrontational activism or the liberal agenda — citizen involvement, urban revitalization, and race relations — and cultural enrichment. Class standing, personal characteristics, and length of membership are little related to importance ratings, nor do newer members have more diverse views. The organization evidently achieves consensus by attracting members with similar views rather than by socialization.

Additional Information

Social Forces, 73(4) (June, 1995), 1553-1572
Language: English
Date: 1995
Women, Social problems, Community issues, Gender, Middle class, Socialization

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