The Village and the World: My Life, Our Times

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A stirring and inspiring narrative, this memoir combines the author’s fascinating personal life story with her accounts of shifts in social and political outlooks during the 20th century. With stories of success and struggle against violence, oppression, and exploitation, this record discusses various themes, including the devastation and reconstruction triggered by World War II, the frustrations of the old power systems’ barriers, and the author’s experiences working and traveling in and against the globalized ...

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Overview

A stirring and inspiring narrative, this memoir combines the author’s fascinating personal life story with her accounts of shifts in social and political outlooks during the 20th century. With stories of success and struggle against violence, oppression, and exploitation, this record discusses various themes, including the devastation and reconstruction triggered by World War II, the frustrations of the old power systems’ barriers, and the author’s experiences working and traveling in and against the globalized world. Both personal and political, this record will appeal to those interested in politics, sociology, and women’s studies.

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“Maria Mies’ vision is huge, the scale of her project breathtakingly bold.”  —New Internationalist on Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale

"This beautifully expressed work delivers an inspiring personal and political odyssey across half a century's geopolitical landscape. A wonderful book."  —Jerry Mander, founder, International Forum on Globalization, and author, In the Absence of the Sacred

"A beautiful journey between two remote poles: the Self and the World. This book is inspiring and creative. I hope it is widely read."  —Nawal El Saadawi, author, The Hidden Face of Eve

"I am so glad Maria Mies has written the story of her life. All along Maria has been a courageous thinker, and through her life story we understand why."  —Vandana Shiva, Sydney Peace Prize–winner and author, Staying Alive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781876756826
  • Publisher: Spinifex Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Mies is a German scholar, an activist, and the author of The Lacemakers of Narsapur and Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labor.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Home 1

2 My Village 37

3 The World Opens Its Doors - Happy Coincidences 58

4 Departure for India 97

5 Back Home, Renewed Studies and Teaching 114

6 The Women's Movement 143

7 Women and Work 158

8 Return to India 163

9 Subsistence - A Perspective for the Future 189

10 Women and Development 199

11 Further Movements and Campaigns 211

12 From the Women's Peace Movement to Ecofeminism 230

11 Further Movements and Campaigns 211

12 From the Women's Peace Movement to Ecofeminism 230

13 The International Struggle against Globalisation 250

14 Out of the Margin: Against the Mainstream 260

15 The Search for a New Vision 288

16 My Body Says Stop 300

Epilogue: The Good Life 308

Leipzig Appeal for Women's Food Security 320

Bibliography 323

Index 332

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