Women of color articulate shared experiences of subordination and survival
Women of Color in U.S. Society
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edited by Maxine Baca Zinn and Bonnie Thornton Dill
The theme of race, class, and gender as interlocking systems of oppression unites these original essays about the experience of women of colorAfrican Americans, Latinas, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The contributing scholars discuss the social conditions that simultaneously oppress women of color and provide sites for opposition.
Though diverse in their focus, the essays uncover similar experiences in the classroom, workplace, family, prison, and other settings. Working-class women, poor women, and professional women alike experience subordination, restricted participation in social institutions, and structural placement in roles with limited opportunities.
How do women survive, resist, and cope with these oppressive structures? Many articles tell how women of color draw upon resources from their culture, family, kin, and community. Others document defenses against cultural assaults by the dominant societyNative American mothers instilling tribal heritage in their children; African American women engaging in community work; and Asian American women opposing the patriarchy of their own communities and the stereotypes imposed by society at large.
These essays challenge some of our basic assumptions about society, revealing that experiences of inequality are not only diverse but relational.
"[T]his collection should be welcomed by all those concerned with issues of race, gender, and class in American society. It presents a wealth of information, data, and analysis in direct, refreshingly jargon-free language, and would make an excellent text for undergraduate courses in sociology, women's studies, and ethnic studies."
"This book will be extremely important in the growing literature that examines the intersections of race, class, and gender stratification.... The list of contributors includes some of the most significant writers working in this field."
"A volume like this is badly needed in women's studies and ethnic studies because the emphasis...has been on...white women and racial-ethnic men, respectively. The book's greatest importance lies in its political significance. It has the potential of forcing modification of many assumptions on which contemporary feminism is based. And the more such theories emanate from and are applicable to the lives of diverse American women, the ore profound and useful they will be."
Part I: Introduction
Part II: The Constraining Walls of Social Location
Part III: Social Agency: Confronting the "Walls"
Part IV: Rethinking Gender
About the Contributors
Maxine Baca Zinn is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.
Bonnie Thornton Dill is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland.
Contributors: Regina Arnold, Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Patricia Hill Collins, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Linda Grant, Elizabeth Higginbotham, Karen Hossfield, Jennie R. Joe, Nazli Kibria, Dorothy Lonewolf Miller, Leith Mullings, Vilma Ortiz, Denise Segura, Carol B. Stack, Ruth Zambrana, and the editors.
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Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg, includes books on women and issues of work, family, social movements, politics, feminism, and empowerment. It emphasizes women's roles in society and the social construction of gender and also explores current policy issues like comparable worth, international development, job training, and parental leave.