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This interdisciplinary, multicultural text-reader provides an introduction to women's studies by examining U.S. women's lives in a global context and across categories of race-ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, and age. Substantial chapter introductions provide updated statistical information and explanations of key concepts and ideas as a context for the readings. Each chapter includes "Questions to Frame Your Reading" and “Suggestions for Taking Action” to help students link their knowledge and understanding to their own lives and apply it to the world around them.

Synopsis:

This interdisciplinary, multicultural text-reader provides an introduction to women's studies within a global context by examining the diversity of women's lives across categories of race-ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, and age. Substantial chapter introductions provide statistical information and explanations of key concepts and ideas as a context for the reading selections. Each chapter includes reading questions and suggestions for taking action, to help students link what they learn to their own lives and to the world around them.

About the Author

Gwyn Kirk is a founder member of the East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women's Network Against Militarism. She has taught women's studies courses at a range of U.S. academic institutions, including Antioch College where she chaired the Women's Studies Program (1992-1995). She held the Jane Watson Irwin Visiting Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College (1999-2001), a joint appointment with Margo Okazawa-Rey. She received a Rockefeller Fellowship in Women's Studies (University of Hawaii, 2002). Current research concerns the impact of military operations on the environment. Key interests include grassroots activism for sustainability and genuine security. Gwyn Kirk holds a Ph.D. in political sociology from the London School of Economics.Margo Okazawa-Rey is currently director of the Women's Leadership Institute and Visiting Professor of Women's Studies at Mills College, Oakland, California. Before Mills, she was professor of Social Work at San Francisco State University School of Social Work. She works in university, public school, and community settings to address issues related to sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression through activist scholarship, education, and political organizing. Current research examines interconnections between militarism and globalization of the economy. Margo Okazawa-Rey has served on editorial boards of several academic journals (Social Justice, Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review) and has worked with grassroots organizing groups in Boston and the San Francisco Bay area. She holds an Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Table of Contents

* Indicates New Reading

Preface

Introduction: The Framework of This Book

The Focus of Womens Studies

The Framework for This Book: Collective Action for a Sustainable Future

An Activist Approach

A Sustainable and Secure Future

The United States in a Global Context

Linking the Personal and the Global

A Matrix of Oppression and Resistance

Feminisms: Tangling with the “F” Word

Myth 1: Womens Studies is Ideological

Myth 2: Womens Studies is a White, Middle-Class Thing

Myth 3: Womens Studies is Narrowly Concerned with Womens Issues

Scope of the Book

Part 1 KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING

Chapter One. Theories and Theorizing: Integrative

Frameworks for Understanding

Definition of a Theory

Theories, Theorizing, and Ways of Knowing

The Dominant Perspective

Alternative Perspectives

The Role of Values

Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Womens Lives

“Socially Lived” Theorizing

Media Representations and the Creation of Knowledge

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

1. Judith Lorber, “The Social Construction of Gender”

2. Allan G. Johnson, “Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us”

3. Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement”

*4. Minnie Bruce Pratt, “Who Am I If Im Not My Fathers Daughter?”

5. JeeYeun Lee, “Beyond Bean Counting”

*6. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, “Genealogies of Community, Home, and Nation”

*7. Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Worldviews-- news media

Chapter Two. Identities and Social Locations: Who Am I? Who Are My People?

Being Myself: The Micro Level

Community Recognition, Expectations, and Interactions: The Meso Level

Social Categories, Classifications, and Structural

Inequality: Macro and Global Levels

Maintaining Systems of Structural Inequality

Colonization, Immigration, and the U.S. Landscape of Race and Class

Multiple Identities, Social Location, and Contradictions

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

8. Frederica Y. Daly, “Perspectives of Native American Women on Race and Gender”

9. Dorothy Allison, “A Question of Class”

*10. Gwendolyn D. Pough, “Love Feminism but Wheres My Hip Hop? Shaping a Black Feminist Identity”

*11. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, "Jews in the U.S.: The Rising Costs of Whiteness"

*12. Amani Elkassabani, “Hanaans House”

13. Elizabeth Martínez, “A Word about the Great Terminology Question”

14. Mary C. Waters, “Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?”

Part 2. OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

Chapter Three. Womens Bodies and Beauty Ideals

Body Image and the Beauty Ideal

The Beauty Ideal

The Beauty Business

Commodification and Co-option

Whites Only? Forever Young? Always Able?

Resisting Beauty Stereotypes

Feminist Theorizing about Body Image and Beauty Ideals

Body Politics

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

*15. Jean Kilbourne, “ ‘The More You Subtract, the More You Add: Cutting Girls Down to Size”

16. Abra Fortune Chernik, “The Body Politic”

*17. Toni Morrison, "The Coming of Maureen Peal"

18. Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Story of My Body”

19. Lani Kaahumanu, “My Body is a Map of My Life”

20. Cheryl Marie Wade, “I Am Not One of the”

*21. Rosemarie Garland Thomson, “Feminist Theory, the Body, and the Disabled Figure”

Chapter Four. Womens Sexuality

Stereotypes, Contradictions, and Double Standards

What Is Womens Autonomous Sexuality?

Challenging Binaries

Theorizing Sexuality

The Erotic as Power

Activism and Sexuality

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

22. Sandra Cisneros, “Guadalupe the Sex Goddess”

23. Naomi Wolf, “Radical Heterosexuality”

24. June Jordan, “A New Politics of Sexuality”

*25. Diane Raymond, "Popular Culture and Queer Representation"

26. Surina Khan, “The All-American Queer Pakistani Girl”

27. Leslie Feinberg, “We Are All Works in Progress”

28. Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”

Chapter Five. Womens Health

Reproductive Health

Controlling Fertility

Medicalization of Reproductive Life

Women and Illness

Effects of Gender, Race, and Class

Mental and Emotional Health

Health and Aging

The Medical Industry

Paying for Medical Care

Other Barriers and Biases in Medical Services and Research

Health as Wellness

Requirements for Good Health

Feminist Approaches to Wellness

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

29. Joy Harjo, ”Three Generations of Native American Womens Birth Experience”

30. Marsha Saxton, "Reproductive Rights: A Disability Rights Issue"

*31.Judith Arcana,"Abortion is a Motherhood Issue"

*32. Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, "Reproductive Justice: Vision, Analysis, and Action for a Stronger Movement" (2005)

33. *33. bell hooks, “Living to Love”

34. Mary Jane Knopf-Newman, "Public Eyes: Investigating the Causes of Breast Cancer"

Chapter Six. Violence against Women

What Counts as Violence against Women?

The Incidence of Violence against Women

Effects of Race, Class, Nation, Sexuality, and Disability

Explanations of Violence against Women

Micro-level explanations

Macro-level explanations

Ending Violence against Women

The Importance of a Political Movement

Providing Support for Victims/Survivors

Public and Professional Education

Policy and Legislative Initiatives

Contradiction of Seeking State Support to End Violence against Women

Womens Rights as Human Rights

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

35. Grace Caroline Bridges, “Lisas Ritual, Age 10”

36. Aurora Levins Morales, “Radical Pleasure: Sex and the End of Victimhood”

*37. John Stoltenberg, “ ‘I am Not a Rapist! Why College Guys are Confronting Sexual Violence”

*38. Lora Jo Foo “Domestic Violence and Asian American Women”

39. Andy Smith, “Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide”

40. Eve Ensler, “My Vagina Was My Village”

Part 3. MAKING A HOME, MAKING A LIVING

Chapter Seven. Relationships, Families, and Households

Defining Ourselves through Connections with Others

Marriage and Domestic Partnership

Motherhood and Parenting

The Ideal Nuclear Family

U.S. Families: Cultural and Historical Variations

Immigration and the Family

Feminist Perspectives

Challenging the Private/Public Dichotomy

Mothering and Maternal Thinking

The Family and the Economic System

Policy Implications and Implementation

Toward a Redefinition of Family Values

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

*41. Paula Ettelbrick, "Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?"

42. Sharon Olds, “35/10”

43. Carol Gill and Larry A. Voss, “Shattering Two Molds: Feminist Parents with Disabilities”

*44. Ann Filmemyr, "Loving across the Boundary"

*45. Rachel Aber Schlesinger, “Personal Reflections on Being a Grandmother: LChol Dor Va Dor

*46. Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, “Fundamentalism and the Family: Gender, Culture, and the American Pro-family Movement”

47. Shailja Patel, "Shilling Love"

Chapter Eight. Work, Wages, and Welfare

Defining Womens Work

Women in the U.S. Workforce

Womens Wages: The Effects of Gender, Race, Class, Disability, and Education

Discrimination against Working Women: Sexual Harassment, Age, and Disability

Balancing Home and Work

Organized Labor and Collective Action

Pensions, Disability Payments, and Welfare

Pensions and Disability Payments

Welfare

Feminist Approaches to Womens Work and Income

Comparable Worth

Feminization of Poverty

Impact of Class

Policy Implications and Activist Projects

Promoting Greater Economic Security for Women

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

48. Hattie Gossett, “the cleaning woman/labor relations #4”

*49. “He Works, She Works, but What Different Impressions They Make”

*50. Shireen Lee, “The New Girls Network: Women, Technology, and Feminism”

*51. Ann Crittenden, “The Mommy Tax”

*52. Veronica Chambers, “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected: Successful Women, Family, and Responsibility”

*53. Nolita Clark and Shannon Stanfield with Vivyan Adair, "Remarkable Journeys: Poor, Single Mothers Accessing Higher Education

Chapter Nine. Living in a Global Economy

The Global Factory

The Profit Motive

Consumerism, Expansionism, and Waste

The Myth of Progress

Emphasis on Immediate Costs

The Global Economy

Complex Inequalities

Legacies of Colonialism

External Debt

Implications of Global Economic Inequalities

Connections to U.S. Policy Issues

International Alliances among Women

The Seeds of a New Global Economy

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

54. María Patricia Fernández-Kelly, “Maquiladoras: The View from Inside”

*55. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, “The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy”

*56. Ursula Biemann, “Remotely Sensed: A Topography of the Global Sex Trade”

*57. Vandana Shiva, “Corporate Control of Water”

*58. International Committee for the Peace Council, "The Chiang Mai Declaration--Religion and Women: An Agenda for Change" (2004)

Part 4. SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Chapter Ten. Women, Crime and Criminalization

The National Context: “Get Tough on Crime”

Women in the Criminal Justice System

Characteristics of Incarcerated Women

Offenses Committed by Women and Patterns of Arrest

Sentence Length and Time Served

Race and Class Disparities

Girls in the Criminal Justice System

Women Political Prisoners

Theories of Women and Crime

“Equality with a Vengeance”: Is Equal Treatment Fair Treatment?

The “Prison Industrial Complex”

Inside/Outside Connections

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

59. Shannon Murray, “Shannons Story”

*60. Marilyn Buck, “Women in Prison and Work”

61. Rita Takahashi, "U.S. Concentration Camps and Exclusion Policies: Impact on Japanese American Women"

*62. Suad Joseph and Benjamin D'Harlingue, "Media Representations and the Criminalization of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans"

*63. Julia Sudbury, “Women of Color, Globalization, and the Politics of Incarceration”

*64. Susan B. Tucker and Eric Cadora, “Justice Reinvestment”

Chapter Eleven. Women and the Military, War, and Peace

The Need for Women in the Military

The Military as Employer

Limitations to Womens Equal Participation

Women in Combat Roles

Officer Training: Storming the Citadel

Sexism and Misogyny

Racism

Sexual Orientation

Military Wives

The Impact of the U.S. Military on Women Overseas

Militarized Prostitution

Mixed-Race Children Fathered by U.S. Troops

Crimes of Violence against Women

Health Effects of Environmental Contamination

Womens Opposition to the Military

Early Peace Organizations in the United States

Feminist Antimilitarist Perspectives

Redefining Security

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

*65. Cynthia Enloe “Sneak Attack: The Militarization of U.S. Culture”

*66. Kristin Henderson, “The Siege”Julia Ward Howe, “Mothers Day Proclamation1870”

*67. Suzuyo Takazato, "Report from Okinawa: Long-Term U.S. Military Presence"

*68. Julia Ward Howe, "Mother's Day Proclamation--1870"

69. Jean Grossholtz, "The Search for Peace and Justice: Notes toward an Autobiography"

70. Women's Pentagon Action, "Unity Statement"

*71. Betty Burkes, "Full Moon: The Imagery of Wholeness and Celebration"

Chapter Twelve Women and the Environment

Theoretical and Activist Perspectives

Environmentalism

Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism

Ecofeminism

Environmental Justice

Connectedness and Sustainability

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

72. Cindy Chan Saelee, “My Moms Garden”

*73. Sandra Steingraber, “Rose Moon” (excerpt)

74. Ynestra King, “The Ecofeminist Imperative”

75. The First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, “Principles of Environmental Justice”

76. Mililani Trask, “Native Hawaiian Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Justice”

77. H. Patricia Hynes, “Consumption: North American Perspectives”

Part 5. ACTIVISM AND CHANGE

Chapter Thirteen. Creating Change: Theory, Vision, and Action

How Does Change Happen?

Using the Head: Theories for Social Change

Using the Heart: Visions for Social Change

Using the Hands: Action for Social Change

Overcoming Blocks to Effective Action

Women and Political Activism

Identity-Based Politics

Feminist Movements

Women in Electoral Politics

Building Alliances for the Twenty First Century

Some Principles for Alliance Building

Overcoming Impediments to Effective Alliances

Creating a Secure and Sustainable World

Questions for Reflection

Finding Out More on the Web

Taking Action

78. Christina Leaño, “Listening to the Voices of My Spiritual Self”

79. Cynthia Cohen, "Common Threads: Life Stories and the Arts in Educating for Social Change"Suzanne Pharr, “Multi-Issue Politics” OR CINDY COHEN AGAIN?

*80. Vivien Labaton and Dawn Lundy Martin, "Making What Will Become"

*81. Alison Stein Wellner, "A Chain Letter Reaction"

82. Charlotte Bunch, "Whose Security?"

*83. Peggy Antrobus, "The Global Women's Movement: Definitions and Origins"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780072822441
Subtitle:
Multicultural Perspectives
Author:
Kirk, Gwyn
Author:
Okazawa-Rey, Margo
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Location:
Boston, Mass.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 21
Publication Date:
August 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9.22x7.36x.95 in. 2.12 lbs.

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