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Women's Livesby Kathleen J. Ferraro
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Women's Lives is an anthology composed of 60 readings that examine the full range and diversity of women's lives. The author begin with an overview of the on-going relevance of gender to people’s experiences, then describes the analytical perspectives that guide this book: social constructionism, intersectionality, anti-dualism, and globalization. The first part includes three readings that elaborate on the theoretical framework of these perspectives. The remaining ten parts address various aspects of women’s lives, including: girlhood and adolescence, economics and work, the body, violence, sexualities, mothering and the family, resistance and social change, culture and creativity, migration and globalization, and spirituality and religion. These divisions are somewhat arbitrary and overlapping as women’s lives are not neatly bounded in topical categories. The contributions in each section include poetry, personal narratives, research reports, and theoretical analyses. All are written in a manner that is accessible and avoids academic jargon.
Women's Lives examines the full range and diversity of women's lives. Composed of 61 readings, this reader is divided into 11 sections: Perspectives on Women's LivesGirlhood & AdolescenceEconomica and WorkWomen and the BodyViolenceSexualityMothering and the FamilyResistance & Social ChangeWomen, Culture, & CreativityMigration & GlobalizationSpirituality & Religion
Women’s Lives is an anthology of poetry, personal narratives, research reports, and theoretical analyses that depict the ongoing relevance of gender to people’s experiences. This reader addresses the many aspects of women’s lives, including: girlhood and adolescence, economics and work, the body, violence, sexualities, mothering and the family, resistance and social change, culture and creativity, migration and globalization, and spirituality and religion.
About the Author
Kathleen J. Ferraro is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She has been teaching about women’s lives since 1982, and is the former Director of Women’s Studies at Arizona State University. Her scholarship and activism have focused on intimate partner violence, particularly the relationship between women’s victimization and criminality. Her recent articles appear in Social Problems, Hypatia, Critical Sociology, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Violence Against Women, and numerous anthologies. Her book, Neither Angels nor Demons: Women, Crime, and Victimization was published by Northeastern University Press in 2006, and was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007.
Table of Contents
Perspectives on Women’s Lives
1) “Thinking About Women: A Quarter Century’s View,” Margaret Anderson.
2) “Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought," Patricia Hill Collins.
3) “Great Divides: The Cultural, Cognitive, and Social Basis of the Global Subordination of Women," Cynthia Fuchs Epstein.
Girlhood & Adolescence
4) “When I Was Growing Up,” Nellie Wong.
5) “My Name is Not María: Young Latinas Seeking Home in the Heartland,” L. Susan Williams, Sandra D. Alvarez, Kevin S. Andrade Hauck.
6) “It Hurts to be a Girl,” Julia Hall.
7) “The Tomboy Returns," Susan Moon.
8) “Jamming Girl Culture: Young Women and Consumer Citizenship,” Anita Harris.
Economics and Work
9) “Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking,” Karen Brodine.
10) “Not Just a Paper Doll,” Ashley Mears and William Farley.
11) “The Heart of the Work: Professionals Navigating a Personal World," Chisun Lee
12) “Woman,” Andrea Townsend.
13) “Lesbians in Manual Jobs,” Gillian Dunne.
14) “Off the Rolls: The Ground-Level Results of Welfare Reform,” Sharon Hays.
15) “Resistance under the Black Light: Exploring the Use of Music in Two Exotic Dance Clubs,” R. Danielle Egan.
Women and the Body
16) "Body Work," Deborah Carr
17) “Revolting Bodies: The Monster Bodies of Tattooed Women,” Christine Braunberger.
18) “People Tell Me I Can’t Have Sex”: Women with Disabilities Share Their Personal Perspectives on Health Care,” Lora Ann Dotson, Jennifer Stinson, and LeeAnn Christian.
19) “Disparate But Disabled: Fat Embodiment and Disability Studies,” April Herndon.
20) “Modern Childbirth: Failure to Progress,” Sarah Blustain.
21) “Menopause is the “Good Old”: Women’s Thoughts about Reproductive Aging,” Heather E. Dillaway.
22) “Poem about My Rights,” June Jordan.
23) “Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples” Andrea Smith.
24) “Rape as Social Murder," Cathy Winkler.
25) "Blurred Boundaries and the Complexities of Experience,” Kathleen J. Ferraro.
26) “Trends in Delinquent Girls' Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review of the Evidence," Meda Chesney-Lind and Joanne Belknap.
27) “Getting it Straight," PJ McCann.
28) "Wielding Masculinity Inside Abu Ghraib: Making Feminist Sense of an American Military Scandal," Cynthia Enlow.
29) “Uses of the Erotic, The Erotic as Power,” Audre Lorde.
30) "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female," Shere Hite.
31) “Polyamorous Women, Sexual Subjectivity and Power,” Elisabeth Sheff.
32) "Outspoken," Alex Jabs.
Mothering and the Family
33) “The Motherhood Manifesto,” Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.
34) “Noncustodial Mothering: A Cultural Paradox of Competent Performance-Performative Competence,” Deborah Eicher-Catt.
35) “Mothering, Crime and Incarceration,” Kathleen Ferraro and Angela Moe.
36) “It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race and Nation,” Patricia Hill Collins.
Resistance and Social Change
37) “Maybe We Shouldn’t Meet if There are No Third World Women Here,” Chrystos.
38) "Effective Organizing in Terrible Times: The Strategic Value of Human Rights for Transnational Andi-Racist Feminisms," Barbara Schulman.
39) “My Age Has No Impact on How Much I Care.” Lila Zucker.
40) “Ava Lowery: Teen Activist Making a Difference in the Iraq War.”
41) “Mothers for Eco-Justice.” Tracy Rysavy.
42) “The Great Janet McCloud," Agnes Williams.
Women, Culture and Creativity
43) “I Am Not Your Princess,” Chrystos.
44) “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” Linda Nochlin.
45) “Why Have There Been No Great Women Comic-Book Artists?” Carly Berwick.
46) "Women's 'Cock Rock' Goes Mainstream," Jennie Ruby.
47) “Hip-Hop Women Shredding the Veil: Race and Class in Popular Feminist Identity,” Marcyliena Morgan.
48) “Comic Views and Metaphysical Dilemmas: Shattering Cultural Images through Self-Definition and Representation by Black Comediennes,” DoVeanna S. Fulton.
49) “Roseanne Barr: Goddess or She-Devil,” Zita Z. Dresner.
Migration and Globalization
50) “Legal Alien,” Pat Mora.
51) “’There is Great Good in Returning’: A Testimonio from the Borderlands,” Yolanda Chávez Leyva.
52) “Global Cities and Survival Circuits” Saskia Sassen.
53) “Made in the U.S.A.,” Helen Zia.
54) “The Impact of Structural Adjustment on Women: A Governance and Human Rights Agenda,” Bharati Sadasivam.
55) "Reflections on Global Governance and Transnational Feminist Movements in an Era of Infinite War" by Rosalind Pollack Petchesky.
Spirituality & Religion
56) “To Run and Not Be Weary: Spirituality and Women’s Activism,” Catherine A. Favor.
57) “Walking in Balance: The Spirituality-Liberation Praxis of Native American Women,” Andrea Smith.
58) “Putting a Different Face on Islam in America,” Neil MacFarquhar.
59) “Fundamentalisms on the Rise,” Jennie Ruby. 60) “’My/Our Comfort’ Not at the Expense of ‘Somebody Else’s’: Toward a Critical Global Feminist Theology,” Nami Kim.
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