Archive for the ‘Women’s Studies’ Category

The Jill Principle: A Woman’s Guide to Healing Your Spirit After Divorce or Breakup

May 1, 2007

From the book jacket:

If you’re contemplating a break-up, are in the midst of one, or eve if the relationship is technically “over,” reaching a place of peace and strength may seem a long way off, but you can use this time of upheaval and change to reconnect with your spirit and reclaim your true self. Michele Germain, a psychotherapist who specializes in divorce recovery, believes many long-term relationships fail due to unresolved “historical wounds” and unrealistic expectations. Emphasizing the body-mind-spirit connection, Germain offers an effective, holistic approach to healing.

The Jill Principle presents a step-by-step process that begins with recognizing the trauma of divorce, releasing emotional wounds from childhood, and eliminating negative self-talk. Guided medications, bioenergetic exercises, and other techniques help you identify and overcome buried pain and create lasting health and vitality in your body and soul. Moving personal accounts, including Germain’s own story, illustrate how the practices in this book have helped hundreds of women recover from crisis and find new opportunities for self expression and true happiness.

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Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power

April 25, 2007

From the book jacket:
Chicken–both the bird and the food–has played multiple roles in the lives of African American women from the slavery era to the present. It has provided food and a source of income for their families, shaped a distinctive culture, and helped women define and exert themselves in racist and hostile environments. Psyche A. Williams-Forson examines the complexity of black women’s legacies using food as a form of cultural work. While acknowledging the negative interpretations of black culture associated with chicken imagery, Williams-Forson focuses her analysis on the ways black women have forged their own self-definitions and relationships to the “gospel bird.”Exploring material ranging from personal interviews to the comedy of Chris Rock, from commercial advertisements to the art of Kara Walker, and from cookbooks to literature, Williams-Forson considers how black women arrive at degrees of self-definition and self-reliance using certain foods. She demonstrates how they defy conventional representations of blackness in relationship to these foods and exercise influence through food preparation and distribution.

Understanding these phenomena clarifies how present interpretations of blacks and chicken are rooted in a past that is fraught with both racism and agency. The traditions and practices of feminism, Williams-Forson argues, are inherent in the foods women prepare and serve.

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American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood

April 11, 2007

From the book jacket:

In her father’s Peruvian family, MARIE ARANA was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who was a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.

Here are two vastly different landscapes: Peru earthquake-prone, charged with ghosts of history and mythology, and the sprawling prairie lands of Wyoming. In these rich terrains resides a colorful cast of family members who bring Arana’s history to life…her proud grandfather who one day simply stopped coming down the stairs; her dazzling grandmother, clicking through the house as if she were making her way onstage. But most important are Arana’s parents: he, a brilliant engineer, she a gifted musician. For more than half a century these two passionate, strong-willed people struggled to overcome the bicultural tensions in their marriage and, finally, to prevail.

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Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression in Social Work Practice: Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People

April 9, 2007

Book Description

Broad yet in-depth, this volume offers an invaluable resource for both social work educators and practitioners working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender clients and their families. It is the first such work to specifically address issues affecting bisexual and transgender individuals. Topics discussed include heterosexism and homophobia, GLBT identity development, GLBT adolescents and older adults, healthcare concerns, workplace issues, sex reassignment, and AIDS. The contributors also consider intragroup issues of race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status.

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Facing the Mirror: Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture

April 3, 2007

Book Description

This innovative, ethnographic study of a neighborhood beauty salon investigates how customers constitute a lively, affirming community of peers during their weekly visits. Beauty Shop Culture gives voice to older women, who, in a sexist and ageist society, are frequently devalued and rendered invisible. These older, mostly Jewish women articulate their experiences of bodily self-presentation, femininity, aging and caring pertaining to their lives within and outside Julie’s International Salon. This books explores the socio-moral significance of these experiences which reveals as much about society as about older women themselves. Women’s narratives expose structures of power, inequality, and resistance in the ways women perceive reality, make choices and live in their worlds.

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Black Feminist Anthropology

March 15, 2007

Black Feminist Anthropology


From the book jacket:

In this volume, Irma McClaurin has collected essays that explore the contributions of black feminist anthropologists. Her contributors disclose how their experiences as black women have influenced their anthropological practice in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, and how anthropology has influenced their development as black feminists.

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Arab Women Writers

March 12, 2007

From the book jacket: Consisting of sixty short stories by forty women writers from across the Arab world, this collection opens numerous windows onto Arab culture and society and offers keen insight into what Arab women feel and think. The stories deal not only with feminist issues but also with topics of a social, cultural, and political nature. Different styles and modes of writing are represented, along with a diversity of techniques and creative approaches, and the authors represent many points of view and various ways of solving problems and confronting situations in everyday life. Lively, outspoken, and provocative, these stories are essential reading for anyone interested in the Arab world.

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African American women confront the West, 1600-2000

March 12, 2007

Book Description: African American women in the West have long been stereotyped as socially and historically marginal, existing in isolation from other women in the West and from their counterparts in the East and South. Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore disprove this stereotype, arguing that African American women in the West played active, though sometimes unacknowledged, roles in shaping the political, ideological, and social currents that influenced the United States over the past three centuries. “African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000” is the first major historical anthology
on the topic.

Contributors to this volume explore the life experiences of African American women
in the West, the myriad ways in which African American women have influenced the experiences of the diverse peoples of the region, and their legacy in rural and urban communities from Montana to Texas and California to Kansas. The contributors make use of individual and collective biographies, first-person narratives, and interviews that explore what it has meant to be an African American woman, from the era of Spanish colonial rule in eighteenth-century New Mexico into the black power era of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond.

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The Feminine in Fairytales

March 2, 2007

From the book jacket:

Combining precise clinical description with a wealth of cultural mythic evidence, this book offers a radical theory of masochism. Cowan stresses the symptoms of masochism which range from the kinkiest of sexual aberation to the covert pleasure felt in the minor hurts and humiliations of ordinary life. Included is a thorough discussion of the clinical literature. Through Cowan’s careful research, masochism emerges as a preparation for death, a strange necessity of the psyche that can lead readers deeper into their own wounds and vulnerabilities.

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American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to end Welfare

January 23, 2007

American Dream by Jason DeParle

From the book jacket: Bill Clinton’s “drive to end welfare” sent 9 million women and children streaming from the rolls. In this masterful work, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce the definitive account. As improbable as fiction, and equally face-paced, this classic of literary journalism has captured the acclaim of the Left and the Right.

At the heart of the story are three cousins, inseparable at the start but launched on differing arcs. Leaving welfare, Angie puts her heart into her work. Jewell bets on an imprisoned man. Opal guards a tragic secret that her kids and her life. DeParle traces back their family history six generations to slavery, and weaves poor people, politicians, reformers, and rogues into a spellbinding epic.

At times, the very idea of America seemed on trial: we live in a country, where anyone can make it, yet generation after generation some families don’t. To read American Dream is to understand why.

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