Synopses & Reviews
Offering valuable insights into social science methodology and practice, Cape Verde Women and Globalization employs critical ethnography and critical discourse analysis to explore what Cape Verdeans have to say about womens lives in the era of twenty-first century globalization. The authors investigate the economic and personal difficulties they face such as poverty, managing single mother-headed households, and violence. They also examine the ways women resist the challenges globalization has brought to them especially through cultural expressions of batuku dancing and Creole language. Using the framework of Patricia Hill Collins' intersectionality theory, Cape Verde Women and Globalization concludes that scholars need to make central the links among the concepts of oppression, resistance, culture, and gender in order to "see" the lives of women and especially in order to identify the bridges to political change. Each chapter also includes a “reflections on methods” section to reveal the journey the authors took in undertaking this project from its earliest conceptualization to their conclusions.
About the Author
Katherine Carter has taught for the last ten years in Hungary, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, and Iraq. Currently she is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kurdistan-Hawler in Northern Iraq, where she teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequalities, Sociology of Globalization, and Introduction to Ethnography. She has published her research in various journals, anthologies, and popular magazines.
Judy Aulette is a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Womens and Gender Studies Program at UNCCharlotte where she teaches and writes about family, gender, women, and activism. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Africa for two years where she became a friend and colleague with many African women and was introduced to the effects of Globalization and the work of the African womens movement to address those challenges.
Table of Contents
About this Book * Snapshots of History and Life in Cape Verde * Insiders and Outsiders Exploring Cape Verde * Cape Verde in a Global Economy * She Works Hard for a Living * Confronting Violence * Batuku Dance as Resistance * Language as Resistance * Everyday Acts of Resistance * Bibliography * Appendix A-E Interview * Tables *Index