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The Ordeal of Subordination Management: Wives Who Struggle to Preserve the Sport Marriage

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Drawing from long-term ethnographic work with women married to professional athletes, this paper explores the ways in which these women rely on what I refer to as subordination management. This sensitizing concept describes a reflexive process of self-interaction, and emphasizes a wife’s use of strategies and in situations involving her mother-in-law and husband, separately or jointly. Subordination management involves a wife’s effort to preserve her marriage without alienating her husband or his mother yet, in this effort, feels alienated in her marriage. She relies on the subordination management in an attempt to negotiate her power position in relationship to her husband and his mother, to manage her marginalization from his family, and to engage in various strategies of compliance and accommodation. The term subordination management in no way implies that the wife is submissive or weak. Instead, she believes it is necessary, but it often results in a dilemma for her. She is quite aware of her need to avoid impairing her relationship with her mother-in-law, because jeopardizing the in-law relationship can put the martial relationship at risk, but she is also concerned about jeopardizing her own sense of self and her martial and family priorities. The wife’s reliance on subordination management also includes the identity construction and self-presentation of a “good wife” in private life and a “good player’s wife” in public life. The consequences for this deferential process are identified and discussed.
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Ortiz, Steven. "The Ordeal of Subordination Management: Wives Who Struggle to Preserve the Sport Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708150_index.html>

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Ortiz, S. M. , 2014-03-27 "The Ordeal of Subordination Management: Wives Who Struggle to Preserve the Sport Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708150_index.html

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Abstract: Drawing from long-term ethnographic work with women married to professional athletes, this paper explores the ways in which these women rely on what I refer to as subordination management. This sensitizing concept describes a reflexive process of self-interaction, and emphasizes a wife’s use of strategies and in situations involving her mother-in-law and husband, separately or jointly. Subordination management involves a wife’s effort to preserve her marriage without alienating her husband or his mother yet, in this effort, feels alienated in her marriage. She relies on the subordination management in an attempt to negotiate her power position in relationship to her husband and his mother, to manage her marginalization from his family, and to engage in various strategies of compliance and accommodation. The term subordination management in no way implies that the wife is submissive or weak. Instead, she believes it is necessary, but it often results in a dilemma for her. She is quite aware of her need to avoid impairing her relationship with her mother-in-law, because jeopardizing the in-law relationship can put the martial relationship at risk, but she is also concerned about jeopardizing her own sense of self and her martial and family priorities. The wife’s reliance on subordination management also includes the identity construction and self-presentation of a “good wife” in private life and a “good player’s wife” in public life. The consequences for this deferential process are identified and discussed.


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