Running for Their Lives: Girls, Cultural Identity, and Stories of Survival / Edition 1

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Overview

Girl Power has become the rallying cry for a new generation of girls as they navigate—on their own terms—the perilous yet exhilarating journey from girlhood to adulthood. Though this transformation is often difficult for middle-class white girls growing up in the United States, it is unimaginably more difficult for girls, often in developing countries, who contend with such life-threatening issues as poverty, abuse, and civil war. Indeed, girl power is a luxury these girls can't afford. Consider the young Thai teenage girl who must work in a button factory in order to save some money for her daughter. Think about the poverty-stricken young girl who is raped in rural Pakistan, and whose rapist is never brought to trial.Consider the journey of the African girl who is adopted and brought to the United States, yet discovers that she is not accepted because of her race. These stories and other equally painful sagas will resonate with readers of this collection, whose chapters will give these and other disenfranchised girls a place to speak, a place to express some of the pain, emotional and physical, of their journey through girlhood.
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Editorial Reviews

Signs: Journal Of Women In Culture & Society
Running for their Lives makes a significant contribution to girls' studies by moving well beyond the field's traditional context of white, middle-class Western female youth and exploring the experiences of girls who are multiply disenfranchised not just by sex and age but also by race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.
Signs: Journal of Women In Culture & Society
Running for their Lives makes a significant contribution to girls' studies by moving well beyond the field's traditional context of white, middle-class Western female youth and exploring the experiences of girls who are multiply disenfranchised not just by sex and age but also by race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.
Signs: Journal of Women In Culture & Society
Running for their Lives makes a significant contribution to girls' studies by moving well beyond the field's traditional context of white, middle-class Western female youth and exploring the experiences of girls who are multiply disenfranchised not just by sex and age but also by race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.
Rickie Solinger
Stunning and unforgettable. A darkly glittering array of voices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847698516
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherrie A. Inness is associate professor of English at Miami University. She lives in Fairfield, Ohio. She is the editor of, most recently, Millennium Girls: TodayOs Girls Around the World (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998) and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth Century American GirlsO Cultures (NYU Press, 1998)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Girl Problems
Pt. I Dancing the Bashenga: Girls Confront Racism
1 Coming to America: Not the Movie by Eddie Murphy 3
2 From Foutou to French Fries: Life on the Edge of African and American Cultures 23
3 "Mommy, I Just Want to Fit In!": An African Girl's Story 35
4 Childhood Misconceptions: Reflections of a Biracial American (Colored) Girl 49
5 Mah-Rukh Ali: Profile of a Norwegian 71
6 Fighting Shame: A Somali Single Teen Mother in Canada 97
Pt. II Don't Look Down: Girls Living on the Edge
7 A Tightrope Made of Sari Silk: The Delicate, Perilous World of Girlhood in India 115
8 Afia's Story: A Guide to Survival 133
9 A Tryst Missed: Girlhood in Pakistan 151
10 Horizontal Rain: Road from Sarajevo 163
11 Charley Lauren's Story: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mental Illness 177
About the Contributors 195
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