Constructing Brotherhood : Class, Gender, and Fraternalism

By: Clawson, Mary AnnMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPrinceton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.)ISBN: 9781400860500Subject(s): Artisans -- United States -- Societies, etc. -- History | Fraternal organizations -- Europe -- History | Fraternal organizations -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Freemasonry -- Europe -- History | Freemasonry -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Men -- Europe -- Societies and clubs -- History | Men -- United States -- Societies and clubs -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Constructing Brotherhood : Class, Gender, and FraternalismDDC classification: 366.088041 LOC classification: HS2275 -- .C53 1989ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Cover -- Contents -- Part 1: European Definitions -- Part 2: American Transformations
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Cover -- Contents -- Part 1: European Definitions -- Part 2: American Transformations

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One of the first historical and sociological examinations of American fraternal orders. Clawson considers such groups a major influence on "class mobilization and gender identity" and agents of male domination. She asserts that since the Medieval era, ritual, corporateness, proprietorship, and masculinity have characterized fraternal organizations. In its American context, fraternalism existed as a mixture of conflicting forces. It simultaneously challenged and affirmed capitalist principles; denied class distinctions as it fostered bourgeois values and sidetracked working class solidarity; and promoted mutuality as it excluded women, blacks, and other ethnic minorities. The system of financial aid and mutual benefit that dramatically increased membership in fraternal societies after the Civil War led to the denigration of the corporate ideal that originally bound members together. The use of sociological jargon, frequent invocation of other authors as authorities, and repetition of ideas will make this a difficult work for most students. The absence of a bibliography is also unfortunate, especially for a book in an area that is just gaining legitimacy as a field for historical inquiry. -D. Yacovone, Florida State University

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