Women of Color in U.S. Society

Women of Color in U.S. Society

by Maxine Baca Zinn, Bonnie Thornton Dill
     
 

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The theme of race, class, and gender as interlocking systems of oppression unites these original essays about the experience of women of color-African Americans, Latinas, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The contributing scholars discuss the social conditions that simultaneously oppress women of color and provide sites for opposition.

Though diverse in

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The theme of race, class, and gender as interlocking systems of oppression unites these original essays about the experience of women of color-African Americans, Latinas, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The contributing scholars discuss the social conditions that simultaneously oppress women of color and provide sites for opposition.

Though diverse in their focus, the essays uncover similar experiences in the classroom, workplace, family, prison, and other settings. Working-class women, poor women, and professional women alike experience subordination, restricted participation in social institutions, and structural placement in roles with limited opportunities.

How do women survive, resist, and cope with these oppressive structures? Many articles tell how women of color draw upon resources from their culture, family, kin, and community. Others document defenses against cultural assaults by the dominant society-Native American mothers instilling tribal heritage in their children; African American women engaging in community work; and Asian American women opposing the patriarchy of their own communities and the stereotypes imposed by society at large.

These essays challenge some of our basic assumptions about society, revealing that experiences of inequality are not only diverse but relational.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This far-ranging and well-documented book explores race, class and gender as systems of oppression against women of color in the United States. Following a demographic overview of women of color in the U.S., a number of essays show how patterns of oppression are built into the structure of our society, and how this social structure limits opportunities for women of color. Linda Grant, for example, examines how schools foster a nurturing role in black girls at the expense of intellectual development that could lead to high-status jobs. The book goes on to examine how women of color respond to various forms of oppression. Esther Ngan-Ling Chow looks at how the culture of Asian-American women affects the way they deal with authority on the job. Finally, the book shows how images of women of color are used not only to control them but also to rationalize their subordinate position in society. Meeting the editors' intention of broadening the white, middle-class perspective of earlier feminist scholars, this volume is an important addition to the literature of women's studies. Baca Zinn co-edited The Re shap ing of America ; Dill is a professor of women's studies at the University of Maryland. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439901540
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/30/1993
Series:
Women In The Political Economy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Maxine Baca Zinn is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.

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