My Turn To Weep

My Turn To Weep

by Robin Ormes Quizar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897895401

ISBN-13: 9780897895408

Pub. Date: 03/30/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Salvadoran refugee women tell their stories of escape from El Salvador during some of the worst years of civil unrest (1979-1981) and their subsequent adaptation to refugee life in Costa Rica. These stories—called testimonios—are interwoven against the backdrop of their children's daycare center. The women's complex relationships with one another and

Overview

Salvadoran refugee women tell their stories of escape from El Salvador during some of the worst years of civil unrest (1979-1981) and their subsequent adaptation to refugee life in Costa Rica. These stories—called testimonios—are interwoven against the backdrop of their children's daycare center. The women's complex relationships with one another and the ambiguous nature of their interactions with the author as ethnographer are examined. The author's voice is used in the text to place the women in their historical and cultural context.The daily lives and the testimonios of the refugees serve as an eloquent expression of the multidimensional feminism that has developed in Latin America. In contrast to mainstream feminism in the United States that focuses primarily on the power relationships between men and women, the concern of Latin American feminism is with power asymmetries in socioeconomic class, ethnicity, and religion, as well as gender. The women, whose daycare center is supported by international funding, rely on their cultural traditions to survive in the face of tragedy and oppression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897895408
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/1998
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Women Alone

María: Three Soldiers Raped Me…and I Was Eight Months Pregnant

Rita: They Invaded All the Resettlement Groups

Carmen: It Is My Turn To Weep

Mirabela: We, As Women,…Cannot Remain With Our Arms Crossed

Alicia: My Entire Family Fell Apart

Ligia: Exile Has Been a Kind of School

The Women Together

Carmen: This Is the Way We Can Collaborate For Now

Rita: I Only Wanted To Cry and Cry

Alicia: So We Go On Alone

Mirabela: Robin, When Will You Let Me Talk With You Again?

María: "Lady, I Thought You Were Stupid"

Rina: My Husband Abandoned Me…Just When I Needed Him Most

Carolina: Feeling Much Stronger Because We Were Together…

Ligia: There Are Limits As To What You Can Do

Alicia: For the Sake of Our Cause…

Epilogue: That Is the Way Life Is

Works Cited

Index

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