9780789010599

Women, Power, and Ethnicity: Working Toward Reciprocal Empowerment

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  • ISBN13:

    9780789010599

  • ISBN10:

    0789010593

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2003-02-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

You don't have to act like a man to be powerful! Have women adopted traditionally male patterns of behavior in an effort to gain and maintain power in business, industry, politics, academics, etc.? And if not, what kind of power are women practicing? The authors of Women, Power, and Ethnicity endeavored to find out by conducting a research study on how women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds compare and contrast the attributes associated with existing power paradigms (traditional, empowerment, personal authority) with an alternate model of power -- reciprocal empowerment. Women, Power, and Ethnicity examines women's attitudes toward power in several social forums -- home, job, religion, politics, and society in general. As women continue to assume positions of social leadership in increasing numbers, the dynamics of the social construction of power need to be examined. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Jane Caputi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Power: Past, Present, and Future
1(24)
Power: Its Various Forms
5(10)
Reciprocal Empowerment: A New Approach
15(10)
African-American Women and Power
25(20)
The Strength of a Nation: A Brief History of African-American Women
25(6)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
31(11)
Conclusion
42(3)
Asian-American Women and Power
45(26)
Different Histories and Changing Roles: A Brief History of Asian-American Women
45(9)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
54(14)
Conclusion
68(3)
Caribbean-American Women and Power
71(20)
A Multitude of Languages and Cultures: A Brief History of Caribbean-American Women
71(5)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
76(12)
Conclusion
88(3)
European-American Women and Power
91(24)
European-American Women and the History of ``Whiteness'' in the United States
91(7)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
98(14)
Conclusion
112(3)
Latin American Women and Power
115(26)
Political and Economic Influences: A Brief History of Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-American Women
115(9)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
124(15)
Conclusion
139(2)
Middle Eastern-American Women and Power
141(28)
Fact and Fiction: A Brief History of Middle Eastern-American Women
141(6)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
147(18)
Conclusion
165(4)
Native American Women and Power
169(24)
``Immigrants'' in Their Own Land: A Brief History of the Seminole Nation and Its Women
169(5)
Analysis of Ethnographic Findings
174(14)
Conclusion
188(5)
Conclusion
193(22)
Discussion of Survey and Interview Results
194(9)
Revised Model of Reciprocal Empowerment
203(7)
Recommendations
210(5)
Bibliography 215(14)
Index 229

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