Women in the Material World (2 cassettes)

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A companion to the internationally acclaimed bestseller Material World: A Global Family Portrait, this remarkable volume portrays a multicultural odyssey in words and images that illuminates the hopes, dreams, joys, and sorrows of women the world over. A testament to the indomitable power of the human spirit, Women in the Material World portrays the striking similarities and profound differences in women's lives on the eve of the twenty-first century. Under the direction of Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel, a ...
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A companion to the internationally acclaimed bestseller Material World: A Global Family Portrait, this remarkable volume portrays a multicultural odyssey in words and images that illuminates the hopes, dreams, joys, and sorrows of women the world over. A testament to the indomitable power of the human spirit, Women in the Material World portrays the striking similarities and profound differences in women's lives on the eve of the twenty-first century. Under the direction of Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel, a team of renowned women journalists traveled the world to take a closer look at the lives of women in twenty disparate lands. The result is this unique work of 375 stunning photographs and a poignant text drawn from revealing interviews.

"If culture were to reflect what is really important globally, this is what it would look like. You need dynamite to blow apart the last vestiges of repressive stereotypes of women. These images are it."
—Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth

"A stunning photography book reveals the unseen lives of women around the globe. . . .
The revelations are often astonishing."
—San Francisco Chronicle



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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The lives of women in 20 diverse countries are spotlighted in this beautiful and moving photo-essay, an offshoot of Menzel's Material World: A Global Family Portrait. In Russia, Zhanna Kapsalova, still recovering from the Christmastime 1993 murder of her husband, shuttles frantically between two teaching jobs. In Ethiopia, Zenebu Tulu, who was kidnapped into marriage by her future husband, explains that having regular, unwanted pregnancies is an unavoidable fact of life, and she resourcefully makes the best of her situation. In Albania, Hanke Cakoni bathes her severely disabled seven-year-old son, then makes lunch before her three other children return from school, while the family's goats wander through the house. "In our country women are treated as one step beneath men," she says, a sentiment often echoed in the interviews with women in China, Italy, India, Japan, the U.S., Jordan, Israel, Mali, South Africa, Mongolia, Thailand, Bhutan, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and Guatemala. A unique, revealing, multicultural celebration of women's invisible role in societies around the world. (Sept.) FYI: D'Aluisio, a former TV news producer in Houston (now living in California), and Menzel, a photographer for Life and Smithsonian, led a team of female photojournalists and interpreters to compile the interviews and 375 color photos.
Library Journal
Although they often remain behind the scenes, women do most of the world's work. This beautifully illustrated volume, a sequel to Material World: A Global Family Portrait (LJ 11/15/94), contains interviews with 21 women in 19 of the families featured in that book. These interviews and the photographs that accompany them offer an intimate look at family life in 21 countries, including China, Ethiopia, Italy, Albania, and Bhutan. There are also photographic essays on the universal subjects of food, work, laundry, hair, childcare, education, and friends. A chart and a statistical glossary at the end of the text allow users to compare countries. This fascinating book demonstrates the strength and dignity of women in diverse cultures as they struggle to balance family life, work outside the home, and, if they are fortunate, leisure time. An outstanding book; highly recommended for all collections.Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
School Library Journal
YAThe folks who produced Material World (Sierra Club, 1995) are back with a closer look at 20 of the wives portrayed in that book. The presentation includes parts of interviews, lots of slice-of-life pictures, a column on each subject's country's demographics and her life (children, education, religion, biggest event, etc.), and a pithy piece on the status of women past and present in that country. Reading straight through is instructive: one universal theme that leaps out is that every woman outside the first world wants more material things for her family. Life is harsh for some of these women and, because of television and the movement to and from cities, they are aware that it could be better. Some of the statistics seem questionable even though each country's figures are given a grade for reliability. For instance, readers are told that the mean years of school in Albania is only five for girls and seven for boys and yet the population is 99% literateand the reliability of Albanian statistics is rated as A. The American literacy rate is given as 95%, which contradicts most statistics in this area. Despite this quibble, this fascinating look at some of the lives behind the statistics will lead readers to ponder the attitudes and desires of these women and what it all means. Lots of food for class discussions here, as well as being a good research source.Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574530766
  • Publisher: Audio Literature
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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