Women and Social Class: International Feminist Perspectives

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Christine Zmroczek, Pat Mahony
Psychology Press, 1999 - Social Science - 241 pages
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This volume presents debates on class within an international context. Its particular focus is on women's theorized experience of social class from a variety of feminist perspectives, contextualized in relation to the countries and regions in which they live. Using personal experience as a basis, contributors cover Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, India, Israel, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, and the USA - iluminating the differences and similarities between regions.; Challenging the view that "class is dead" as well as the idea that it is a British phenomenon, the book argues that class needs to be regarded as a key concept in any attempt to understand women's lives. It also reflects on personal and political experiences of class around the world in order to understand the mechanisms through which class discrimination operates and is mediated by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and racism.
 

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Contents

What does it mean to be a middleclass woman in Botswana?
9
The new Hebrews new woman growing up Israeli and middleclass
25
Who am I? A journey across class and identity
37
Class attainment and sexuality in late twentiethcentury Britain
51
Women in and after a classless society
69
Class gender and ethnicity snapshots of a mixed heritage
85
Class matters Yes it does
105
Coming out
115
Personal reflections from the margins an interface with race class nation and gender
145
Owning up to being middle class race gender and class in the context of migration
157
Officially known as other multiethnic identities and class status
167
You nurtured me to be a carefree bird O Mother
185
Genealogies of class
199
Questioning correspondence an Australian womans account of the effects of social mobility on subjective class consciousness
211
Spilling the caviar telling privileged class tales
225
Index
235

Class and transnational identities a KoreanAmerican woman in England
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Page 233 - For feminist researchers, females are worth examining as individuals and people whose experience is interwoven with other women. In other words, feminists are interested in women as individuals and as a social category, (Reinharz, 1992: 24) Feminist gerontology is now recognising this in relation to older women.
Page 233 - Class is not just about the way you talk, or dress, or furnish your home; it is not just about the job you do or how much money you make doing it; nor is it merely about whether or not you have A levels or went to university, nor which university you went to.

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