Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective

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Date

August 30, 2010

Format

Paperback, 400 pages

ISBN

0073512338 / 9780073512334

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84.00

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120.00



Overview


Main description

Women Across Cultures examines contemporary women's issues and empowerment from a global perspective. Gender inequality is examined as a historical, sociocultural phenomenon within the context of interlocking systems of inequality such as racism, colonialism, and economic injustice. A strong emphasis is given to the variety of approaches and actions women take to promote gender equality and to influence women's progress. The influence of intersectional and contextual factors on women's issues, activism, and movements are a key focus.


Table of contents

Preface 1 Introduction to Global Women's Studies Theme 1: Global Women's Studies Sees Gender Inequality as a Historical, Sociocultural PhenomenonTheme 2: Global Women's Studies is About Activism and EmpowermentTheme 3: Global Women's Studies Takes a Multicultural, Intersectional, and Contextual Approach The Importance of Similarity The Importance of Difference The Challenge of MulticulturalismTheme 4: Global Women's Studies Views Women's Rights as Human RightsOverview of the Book Study Questions Discussion Questions 2 Women's Low Status and Power Men's Greater Economic Power Men's Greater Legal and Political Power Males' Higher Status Females as Property Violence Against Women (VAW) Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence Dowry Murder Honor KillingSexual Violence and Exploitation Rape Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict (War Rape) ProstitutionConclusionStudy Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 3 Reproductive Health & Reproductive RightsMaternal Mortality and Morbidity Maternal Mortality Maternal Morbidity (Disability)Female Genital CuttingContraception, Reproductive Choice, and Reproductive HealthAbortionThe Agents that Control Women's Reproductive Choice and Health Government Men The Global Economy and Corporations Religious Organizations Women Conclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 4 Women's Sexuality and Sexual RightsA Woman's Sexuality Is Often Not Her OwnSexual Rights as Human RightsSexual Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender IdentityEfforts to Define Sexual Rights as Human RightsSexual Orientation and Global Women's StudiesLesbian and Bisexual Women Compulsory Heterosexuality and HeteropatriarchyLesbian and Bisexual Invisibility Consequences of Lesbian and Bisexual Invisibility Lesbian Feminism Lesbian Responses to Heterosexism and InvisibilityConclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 5 Women's Work The Relationship between Women's Work, Status, and PowerFeminist EconomicsWomen's Unpaid Labor Gender-based Divisions of Household and Care Labor Explanations for Gender-Based Divisions of Household and Care LaborWomen's Paid Labor Effects of Paid Work on WomenMaternity Protection and ChildcareThe Gender Pay Gap: Explanations & SolutionsThe Glass Ceiling: Explanations & SolutionsSexual Harassment: Explanations & SolutionsSelf-Employed Women Conclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 6 Women, Development, and Environmental Sustainability Background Development Terminology Colonial History Women in Developing NationsFeminist Concerns with the Development Process Traditional Development Programs Fail to Recognize Women's Economic ContributionsTraditional Development Programs Have Not Reduced Women's Considerable WorkloadsTraditional Development Programs Focus on Men's Income GenerationTraditional Development Programs Have Contributed to Erosions in Women's StatusWomen in Development Approach (WID) Income-Generating Projects Labor Saving Technologies Improving Women's Access to Development Resources Gender and Development Approach (GAD) Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Development Sustainability Basics Effects of Environmental Degradation on Women 156The Role of Women in Sustainable Development 157Progress in Acknowledging Women and Sustainable DevelopmentWomen and Environmental ActivismConclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 7 Women and Globalization The Effects of Globalization on WomenWomen's Work in the Transnational Factory Women's Sweatshop Labor Activism to Stop Sweatshop LaborThe Global Economy and Women's Migration Migrating for Domestic and Care WorkMigrating to MarryWomen and Girls' Labor in the Global Sex Trade Sexual Tourism Sex TraffickingConclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 8 Women and Religion Diversity and the Study of Women and Religion Religious and Spiritual Diversity Religious FundamentalismCritiquing and Deconstructing Religion Masculine God Language Sexism in Religious Texts Gender-Segregated Religious PracticesReforming and Reconstructing ReligionWomen and The World's Major Religions Islam Judaism Hinduism Buddhism Christianity Intersectional Feminist TheologiesFeminist SpiritualityConclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action OpportunitiesActivist Websites Informational Websites9 Women in Politics Women's VotingWomen Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses and Cabinets Importance of Women Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses, and Cabinets Explanations for Gender Differences in Political Representation Increasing the Women Representatives in Parliaments and CongressesWomen Heads of State: Presidents and Prime Ministers Paths to Power Gender Differences in Leadership Advocacy of Women's IssuesWomen in Informal Politics: Social and Protest Movements Women's Action around Economic Issues Women's Action around Nationalist and Racial/Ethnic Issues Women's Action around Humanistic/Nurturing Issues Conclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 10 National and Local Women's MovementsForces Operating against Women's Activism Early (Mistaken) Assumptions about Women's Movements Assuming that All Women's Movements Use the Feminist Label Assuming Western Feminist Concerns are the Concerns of All WomenDifferent Strands of Women's Movements Contextual Factors Affecting Women's Movements Practical and Strategic Gender Interests Local Political and Economic Conditions Women's Movements Arising from Class Struggles Women's Movements Arising from Nationalist Struggles Factors Affecting the Influence of Democratization on Women's MovementsWomen's Movements and State FeminismDebate about the Role of the State Factors Affecting the Success of State FeminismEvaluating the Success of Women's MovementsConclusionStudy Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites 11 Transnational Women's Movements & NetworksThe Transnational Women's Movement and the United Nations The UN's World Women's Conferences Transnational Feminist Influences on the UNTransnational Feminism and Women's Rights as Human Rights CEDAW: The International Women's Bill of Rights Challenges to a Women's Human Rights Agenda Conclusion Study Questions Discussion Questions and Activities Action Opportunities Activist Websites Informational Websites Appendix Glossary References Index





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