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Gwyn Kirk's Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, ISBN 9780073512303 takes a look into the lives of American women through a global lens crossing lines of socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, race, and age. This introductory text boasts wonderfully planned out text features that provide students with added guidance in the subject....
Gwyn Kirk's Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, ISBN 9780073512303 takes a look into the lives of American women through a global lens crossing lines of socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, race, and age. This introductory text boasts wonderfully planned out text features that provide students with added guidance in the subject. Each chapter begins by introducing users to the most current statistics as well as an of overview key terms. Chapters integrate 'Questions to Frame Your Reading' and 'Suggestions for Taking Action' which challenge users to connect their own personal lives and experiences to that of knowledge gained from the text. The well-planned-out chapters conclude with a collection of readings by renowned writers such as Minnie Bruce Pratt, Dorothy Allison, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, and Marsha Saxton. Kirk does a strategic and consistent job of organizing the contents of this text into 5 parts which are comprised of 13 chapters. Part 1 entitled 'Knowing and Understanding' includes chapters devoted to 'Theories and Theorizing: Integrative Frameworks for Understanding' and 'Identities and Social Locations: Who Am I? Who Are My People?' Part 2 details 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' within chapters that look at 'Women's Bodies,' 'Women's Sexuality,' 'Women's Health,' and 'Violence Against Women.' Topics surrounding 'Making a Home, Making a Living' are included in part 3 with chapters on 'Relationships, Families, and Households,' 'Work, Wages, and Welfare,' and 'Living in a Global Economy.' Part 4 takes a look at 'Security and Sustainability' through the lens of 'Women, Crime, and Criminalization,' 'Women and the Military, War, and Peace,' and 'Women and the Environment.' This text is concluded with part 5, 'Activism and Change' that looks at 'Creating Change: Theory, Vision, and Action.'
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