Selective Service, the Gender-Ordered Family, and the Rational Informality of the American State1

  title={Selective Service, the Gender-Ordered Family, and the Rational Informality of the American State1},
  author={Dorit Geva},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={171 - 204}
  • Dorit Geva
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
How do gender relations regulate the American state? To answer this question the author examines archival material on the formation and operation of the Selective Service System during World War I, the understudied federal American draft system. She shows how the federal government vested local draft board members with the authority to determine on a subjective, case-by-case basis whether potential draftees were genuine breadwinners in determining whom to draft and who would receive dependency… 

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