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Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives
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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.
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"
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: 2004 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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