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The Academic Kitchen
A Social History of Gender Stratification at the University of California, Berkeley
The Academic Kitchen
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Maresi Nerad - Author
SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 195 pages
Release Date: January 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-3969-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3969-2

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 195 pages
Release Date: January 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-3970-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3970-8

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Presents a social history of gender stratification at the University of California at Berkeley through a combination of organizational theory and biography.

"The book brings women into the story of American higher education, especially the research university. But what is special about this feat is that it also provides a new model for institutional history--it corrects or avoids all the predictable mistakes and misplaced emphases that have long plagued campus chronicles. For example, it cuts beneath the rhetoric of commencement oratory, it elevates departments and subfields as crucial arenas where academic battles and issues were considered; it makes a reader consider famous presidents, trustees, and scholars in the ways they really worked." -- John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky

The Academic Kitchen tells the story of the evolution of an all-women's department, the Department of Home Economics, at the University of California, Berkeley from 1905 to 1954. The book's unique focus on the connection between gender and the status of a particular academic department challenges organizational theorists and higher education specialists to reconsider their traditional analysis of academic departments. By incorporating gender in the analysis, Nerad reveals the process by which departments traditionally dominated by women, including education, library science, nursing, social welfare, and home economics, begin as separate (and unequal) programs and are subsequently eliminated (or sustained without economic rewards, prestige, and power) when administrators no longer regard them as useful.

"This is an unusually rich study--an analysis replete with historical nuggets that capture the ordeals that women academics were required to endure. The book, accordingly, is interesting, even fascinating, as the reader observes Professor Morgan's struggle to gain respectability for her and her colleagues' pursuits." -- Jack H. Schuster, Claremont Graduate University

Maresi Nerad is Director of Graduate Research at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published several works, including Graduate Education in the United States (with R. June and D. Miller).

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Table of Contents

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From Social Reform Movement to Academic Study: Home Economics
The Berkeley Saga

1. Creating a Department of Home Economics at the University of California

The Invisible Berkeley Women Students
Benjamin Ide Wheeler of Berkeley: "A Womanly Education to Be More Serviceable Wives and Mothers"
"All We Ask Is a Chance": The Second-Class Status of Women Students and the Establishment of Home Economics at Berkeley
Jessica Peixotto, Lucy Sprague, Lucy Ward Stebbins: Living Down "Prejudices"
A "Women's Department": A Form of Segregation?

2. University Schooling for "the Housekeeper, Homemaker, and Mother"

The Frustrating Struggle for Faculty and Status as a School
Developing an Organizational Structure
"Women Cannot Take Responsibility as Well as Men ..."
A Department after All, but Power Rests with the President

3. Institution Builder: Agnes Fay Morgan

Keeping a "Deep" Secret
Household "Science" or Household "Art"?
Gender Inequality Enhanced by the War
Building an Institution: A Genius for Essentials

4. In Search of Status

Concentrating on What Affects Status: Quality of Faculty, Curriculum, Research, Outside Funding, Graduates' Careers, Committee Service, and Facilities
Securing Outside Research Funding
The Career Choices and Employment of the Department's Students and the Graduate Group in Nutrition
A Name Change and a Fight: What's in a Name? Power

5. From "The Peak of Eminence" to the End of a Separate Sphere: Berkeley Finds Home Economics an Embarrassment

Conclusion: Lessons

Appendix: A Chronological History of Home Economics at the University of California, Berkeley


Bibliographic Essay

Selected Bibliography


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