Women's Lifeworlds: Women's Ways of Shaping Their Realities / Edition 1

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Overview

Women's Lifeworlds explores the diversity and complexity of women's perceptions and reactions to their own 'lifeworlds' in their own words. Examining the changing meaning of 'place' in women's lives over time and across space, this book questions how women face, negotiate and shape the social space of their environment. Engaging personal narratives are presented by fifteen women of various age groups, from different cultural, religious, social and geographical backgrounds, from Mexican politician, Muslim psychiatrist, Finnish housewife to Indian guru and African rural woman. Writing about the lives of their grandmothers, mothers, themselves, their daughters or other close female relatives, the authors of these life narratives cross generational and cultural divides and share perceptions with each other. This unique inter-generational approach provides an engaging challenge to the generalised assumptions of how women in various historical and cultural contexts feel about womanhood, life, society, culture and religion.

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Explores the diversity and complexity of women's perceptions and reactions to their worlds. The 15 contributors<-->from countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe<-->each present the narratives of three or four women in their families, followed by their analysis of the narratives. Generally the narratives cover three generations of the contributor's family, so a wide spectrum of women's experiences both historically and geographically is represented. The book concludes with an essay covering the contributors' findings when they met to compare ideas in October 1994 in Brussels. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415171779
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: International Studies of Women and Place
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface: women's ways of shaping their realities
Acknowledgements
1 A Polylogue 3
2 Etchings on a Grain of Rice 21
3 Changing Faces of Tradition 39
4 Women's Work and Fulfilment in a Changing World 55
5 The Act of Breathing 71
6 Belonging 85
7 No Isolation Any More 101
8 Advocating Islamic Rights 111
9 Breaking Culture's Chains 121
10 Defending the Samay 137
11 Travelling in a Green Stone 147
12 Left to Invent the Future 155
13 An Irish Matrilineal Story: A Century of Change 163
14 Subtlety in Perception 177
15 The Sweet and Sour Fruits of Women's Lib 189
16 Giving and Taking Space 207
17 How Women Change Places and Places Change Women 221
Index 249
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