Jessie Taft is an erudite and insightful clinical sociologist who decades ago explored the linkages between the work of G. H. Mead and Otto Rank. Her innovative practice as a Rankian therapist and her founding role in Functional Social Work has been recognized for years. Her sophisticated application of symbolic interaction, however, has been entirely neglected. This paper traces her theoretical roots and their linkage to a sexual division of labor in sociology.

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