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Women's Untold Stories : Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity - Mary Romero

Women's Untold Stories

Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity

By: Mary Romero (Editor), Abigail J. Stewart (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th August 1999
ISBN: 9780415922074
Number Of Pages: 272

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Honest, vivid, and diverse, the essays collected in Women's Untold Stories reveal women's narratives that have largely gone unheard--stories of women of different ages, races, sexual orientations and ethnicities. These stories are outside the "master narrative," describing experiences that have been suppressed, ignored, or are somehow difficult to tell.
The stories reveal race, class and gender pressures with accounts of a Mexican maid's daughter and a tomboy who breaks gender norms as a "butch" straight woman. Experiences of motherhood and family life are covered with stories of home births, women of color's struggles with infertility, and a mother's side of an incest story. Narratives of women in public life are also included: a scientist's unconventional orientation to her work, a sweatshop worker's advocacy within the workplace, and Japanese-American women who were interned during World War II. And rare portrayals of women who demonstrate remarkable political efficacy appear in this book as well: life-long political activists, a white woman in the civil rights movement, and a Hmong refugee who is a community advocate.
Fascinating and often intense, these women's wide- ranging experiences, contextualized by the contributors, help readers to understand the importance of those women's lives that have been left at the margins of history and politics.

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"These writers, each more talented than the next, come out of many closets, releasing a brilliant display of the power, tenacity, humor and exhaustion of women's lives. Writing explicitly and relentlessly at the borders of gender, race, class and sexuality, these essays are a must-read for old and young girls and women across the nation." -Michelle Fine, Professor of Social/Personality Psychology, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, and co-editor of "The Unknown City: Lives of Poor and Working-Class Young "The editors are leading figures in their field...There is simply nothing like this--it will gain a lot of attention." -Jean O'Barr, Duke University "Women's stories are as much our way of speaking politically as any political tract and much more forceful. Rich and various, these women's narratives constitute a new dialogic genre in which the speaking of women's own experiences challenges, confronts and disrupts master narratives of race, gender, and class." -Dorothy E. Smith, author of "Writing the Social: Critique, Theory and Investigations and "Texts, Facts, and Femininity: Exploring the Relations of Ruling (Routledge) "[F]ascinating....This collection is a wonderful addition to feminist methodology...." -Contemporary Sociology, September 2001 "For the editors of "Women's Untold Lives, telling personal stories is a means of uncovering and speaking against structures of power... The collection highlights the variety and complexity of the lives of women in the United States. Moreover, the stories forcefully demonstrate that prevailing views of social life cover up many aspects of women's experience. Making women visible altersour understanding of history, social life, and ourselves as social actors.." -"SIGNS, Jeanne Marecek, Swarthmore College

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Breaking Silence
"The Only Black Woman Walking the Face of the Earth Who Cannot Have a Baby": Two Women's Storiesp. 3
"Kind of Neanderthal" or "Perfectly Normal": Giving Birth at Homep. 20
"An Unbelievable Kind of Thing": A Mother's Response to the Disclosure of Incestp. 37
Life on the Home Front: Housewives' Experiences of World War IIp. 53
Expanding the Internment Narrative: Multiple Layers of Japanese American Women's Experiencesp. 71
Cross-border Existence: One Woman's Migration Storyp. 83
Talking Back
Skirting the Gender Normal Divide: A Tomboy Life Storyp. 105
Climbing out of the Pit: From the Black Middle Class to Homeless and (Almost) Back Againp. 125
One of the Family, or Just the Mexican Maid's Daughter?: Belonging, Identity, and Social Mobilityp. 142
Millie's Story: Motherhood, Heroin, and Methadonep. 159
"How Would You Write about That?": Identity, Language, and Knowledge in the Narratives of Two Navajo Womenp. 174
Voicing Complexity
"I've Got to Try to Make a Difference": A White Woman in the Civil Rights Movementp. 195
A Continuing Commitment to Social Change: Portraits of Activism throughout Adulthoodp. 212
"In My Heart I Will Always Be Hmong": One Hmong American Woman's Pioneering Journey toward Activismp. 227
Inventing a Labor of Love: Scholarship as a Woman's Workp. 243
Berta's Story: Journey from Sweatshop to Showroomp. 256
Contributorsp. 271
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780415922074
ISBN-10: 0415922070
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 12th August 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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