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Title:Woman & Marriage After Undergrad
College-Educated Women
Socioeconomic Status
Abstract:In this research paper we discuss the findings of an ethnographic project about the views of college female students on marriage after undergrad. The participants used for our survey data collection were 16 females in the Applied Health Science College (AHS) and 16 females in the Liberal Arts and Science College (LAS). Additionally four other females were interviewed. We initially hypothesized that the average age of wanting to get married would be during their late twenties for the participants in the Applied Health Science College (AHS) and earlier for the participants in the Liberal Arts and Science College (LAS). We also hypothesized that someone pursuing a career in the medical field would have different views on marriage than someone who was pursuing a different career path. However, we found that differences almost ceased to exist within the females regardless of college or career path. When the women who participated in the survey were asked at what age they saw themselves getting married the most common response was 26 years old, the college and career choice they had made seemed to have no effect on their response. The majority of the women surveyed and interviewed were pursuing further education and had no intention in starting families until after they had established their careers. Independence and financial stability were the two big perpetuating factors for career choice. We also found that having a working mother growing up did not really have an effect on their choices instead it is based more on personal drive and ambition.
Issue Date:2011
Course / Semester:Kinesiology 442 Fall 2011
Instructor, Melissa Littlefield
What is a body? Is there such a thing as “the” body? How are bodies produced? What do they represent? Who gets to represent them? In this course we examine bodies in history, in particular cultural contexts, in international and national forums. Readings vary widely to include anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological perspectives. Our assigned projects focused on exercise, health and sport practices in general and on the University of Illinois campus in particular. This course is connected to the Ethnography of the University Initiative.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-02

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