The Other Half

The Other Half

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This current study has emerged from two decades of the author's investigations in related areas: alcoholism and domestic relations. Its canvas is broadly comparative, drawing on interviews and data gathered in the United States and Finland. The domestic drama of qThe Other Half qis played out both in the private scene of the home and the more public scene of the workplace, and against these two differing national backgrounds. Despite the many expected and perceived cultural differences between the countries, the effects of alcoholism on the family are shown to be the same. Dr. Wiseman's study offers theoretical insights gleaned from its perspective on alcoholism as an interactive phenomenon, to which the concepts of G.H. Mead and Blumer can be applied to illuminate the carefully presented data and go beyond them. New terrain in studies of alcoholism is thereby explored, including such themes as the social construction by the subjects of their husbands' drinking, their marriage and their self-images; the strategy of coping mechanisms; and the effects of the crisis of alcoholism on gender, sex roles, and power differentials. qThe Other Half qcomplements Dr. Wiseman's prize-winning work on the treatment of Skid Row alcoholics, qStations of the Lost, qwhile involving issues of greater complexity on both the methodological and theoretical plane.Little attention has been paid to the details of the interaction between a layperson attempting direct logical persuasion or indirect manipulation as reform mechanisms ... complaining wives do drive their husbands to drink, and take as one therapeutic mandate teaching the wife not to be as aquot;hostileaquot; to her husband. ... A major point in the essay is that people do not willingly give up a relationship they value.

Title:The Other Half
Author:Jacqueline P. Wiseman
Publisher:AldineTransaction - 1991


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