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The book Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives offers an extensive range of subjects explored by transnational feminists from the 1990s onwards. Alongside its comprehensive coverage of various topics, the book also equips readers,... read more
The book Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives offers an extensive range of subjects explored by transnational feminists from the 1990s onwards. Alongside its comprehensive coverage of various topics, the book also equips readers, particularly students, with the essential historical context, developmental trajectories, and fundamental definitions required for feminist classrooms.
What sets this book apart from other Open Educational Resources (OER) materials is the collective collaboration of prominent feminist scholars renowned in their respective subfields. This extensive expertise lends unparalleled credibility to the resource, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the scholarship presented within.
This book covers an extensive array of topics, spanning from chapters on families and gender-based violence to discussions on war and peace, sexualities, and reproductive justice. Many of these subjects are current and trending within the academic field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. By offering access to a survey that is highly relevant to our time and culturally sustainable for the lives of our students in 2023, the book ensures an engaging and meaningful learning experience.
The language used in transnational feminism can occasionally be complex and filled with jargon, which can pose a challenge for students. Nonetheless, each chapter in this book goes the extra mile to present examples, offer contextualization, and simplify intricate theoretical concepts, making them accessible and comprehensible for students and non-academic readers.
In the opening chapter of the book, Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt and Kiana Anderson establish the foundation of transnational feminism as a tradition rooted in critical race feminism and postcolonial feminism. This framework consistently guides the subsequent chapters, offering students a strong comprehension of the subject matter. By providing instructors with this resource, it empowers them to effectively utilize the book and assist their students in recognizing these theoretical elements across the various discussion topics explored in each chapter.
While maintaining a cohesive framework throughout, each chapter of this book possesses the ability to function independently and can be applied in a diverse range of courses, such as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. These chapters provide valuable insights into the lives and experiences of women worldwide, making them relevant and applicable across various academic contexts and valuable for different types of modules.
The organization of each chapter in this book is skillfully executed. While the chapters establish connections and maintain a coherent thread, they also function effectively as standalone units. In other words, the book exhibits a strong overall organization, yet the chapters could be arranged in different configurations without compromising their individual effectiveness.
The book prints beautifully, catering to students and readers who prefer working with physical copies. Furthermore, it seamlessly integrates into D2L pages, allowing students to access and read it online without encountering interface issues.
No grammatical errors were detected.
The chapters of this book exhibit inclusivity, cultural responsiveness, and thematic sustainability, ensuring relevance and resonance for readers and students from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented communities. The authors' expertise and careful consideration of these topics have resulted in a successful impact that fosters a sense of connection and understanding.
I extensively utilized this book in both my undergraduate (300-level) and graduate (600-level) courses on Transnational Feminism. In my graduate course, I supplemented it with The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements, as both resources share a similar approach. Moreover, I incorporated individual chapters from this book into various syllabi. Students have expressed their enjoyment of the reading process, and this book has proven instrumental in helping them grasp more intricate theories and concepts. It serves as a gateway to deeper understanding for them.
The textbook has a comprehensive list of subjects related to the events that shape the lives of diverse women around the globe. It lacks an index, and encourages students to collectively build their own glossary as a learning activity. read more
The textbook has a comprehensive list of subjects related to the events that shape the lives of diverse women around the globe. It lacks an index, and encourages students to collectively build their own glossary as a learning activity.
The book's content is well-sourced and provides additional resources for students to do additional research and formulate their own opinions on the issues covered in each chapter.
This book is organized in such a way that updates will be straightforward to implement.
The book is clear, concise, and accessible to a range of students. I can see using sections of it for both for both lower and upper-division classes.
The book has a certain flow to it that will keep students' engage in its content.
The book is divided into chunks that allows for more in-depth discussion of particular issues within each section.
The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion. Yet, I can see altering the order for particular courses without disrupting to its flow.
I did not encounter any issues with the interface of the book.
I did not find any grammatical errors.
The text puts forth a transnational feminist perspective that is inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and background. It challenges the reader to de-center Western, liberal frameworks and gives agency to multiple voices.
This book seems fairly comprehensive and does an excellent job of theorizing the differences among globalism and transnational feminism; these distinctions are vital especially when teaching in a PWI. Intersectionality is much more than... read more
This book seems fairly comprehensive and does an excellent job of theorizing the differences among globalism and transnational feminism; these distinctions are vital especially when teaching in a PWI. Intersectionality is much more than considering multiple perspectives--and this textbook offers a comprehensive overview of what it means to theorize transnational feminism.
I did not come across any inaccuracies.
This textbook is current and extremely relevant. The chapters on world media, sexuality in global context, the body, violence, religion, and activism are all topics that I currently cover in my introduction to women's and gender studies course. I can see how teaching the course through a transnational lens could be eye-opening and vital in the 21st century.
I found this book to be incredibly clear--even though there are multiple authors the book flows from one topic to the next in a smooth and seamless fashion. I especially think the way this book is written would be accessible for undergraduates learning about transnational feminism.
I'm not sure what consistency means in this context, but the book is consistently challenging and thought-provoking. I think the indues and ideas are presented clearly and cohesively, but with room to be challenged and interrogated.
I think this book is absolutely readily divisible. I have already thought about how I might use the section on "global politics of the body" in my next intro to WGS course. I think this chapter in particular does a fantastic job of challenging western, white, liberal feminist ideologies.
Organization is perfect.
No problems whatsoever with navigation or distortion.
No grammar errors that I could see.
The main idea of this book is to address the variety of human beings globally in terms of feminist thought and theory. It does an excellent job covering and illuminating a variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds in a culturally sensitive fashion.
Table of Contents
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- Women Worldwide
- Transnational Feminism: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt and Kiana Anderson
- World Media: Janell Hobson
- Global Politics of the Body: Tracy Butts
- Sexualities Worldwide: Sharadha Kalyanam
- Politics of Women's Health: Mehra Shirazi
- Reproductive Freedoms: Jayamala Mayilsamy and Kamalaveni Veni
- Families in Global Context: Rebecca J. Lambert
- Gender-Based Violence Worldwide: Patti Duncan
- Women's Work in a Global Economy: Paula Sheridan
- Women and Environmental Politics: Luhui Whitebear
- Women and Political Systems Worldwide: Carrie N. Baker and Marcela Rodrigues-Sherley
- Women, War and Peace: Amanda Milburn
- Religion in Women's Lives Worldwide: Shannon Garvin
- Women's Activism Worldwide: Khatera Afghan and Folah Fletcher
- About the Authors
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About the Book
During the past few years, we’ve witnessed how interconnected our world is. These instances of global interconnection—both positive and negative—have differing impacts on people based on gender while also creating and reinforcing the ways people experience gender. We see that experiences of gender are always shaped by nationality, race/ethnicity, sexual identity, social class, ability, age, and religion. This social construction of gender, its shaping of the world, and its effects on individuals and groups of people are at the core of this textbook.
About the Contributors
Tracy R. Butts, upon the completion of her PhD in English (University of Georgia, 2001), joined the faculty at Chico State as a professor of American and African American literature. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Butts earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech. Prior to her appointment as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, she served as the director of multicultural and gender studies, chief diversity officer, and chair of the Department of English. She is a firm believer that with privilege comes great responsibility, which is why service is a top professional priority for her. Butts is a recipient of the Lantis Endowed University Professorship, the A. S. Women’s Center Carol Burr Lifetime Achievement Award, the Black Grad Celebration Outstanding Faculty Award, and the 2015/16 Outstanding Faculty Service Award.
Patti Duncan is the editor of Feminist Formations and an associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Oregon State University, where she specializes in women of color feminisms and transnational feminisms. She is author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (University of Iowa Press); coeditor of Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Demeter Press); and coeditor of Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO).
Janet Lockhart has dual master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and interdisciplinary studies (scientific and technical communication, archaeology, and women’s studies). She is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working with special needs children, with an interest in multicultural issues and the development of bilingualism in young children. This is her seventh collaboration with Susan Shaw; their publications include Making Connections: Your Education, the World Community, and You; Writing for Change: Raising Awareness of Difference, Power, and Discrimination; The Power of Words: Examining the Language of Ethnic, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Bias (for Learning for Justice, formerly Teaching Tolerance); Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, winner of the 2018 American Book Fest Award in Women’s Issues; and Women and Religion: Global Lives in Focus.
Susan M. Shaw is a professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Oregon State University. With Janet Lee, she is coauthor of Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. She is author of Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women and God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society, and is coauthor of Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide (with Grace Ji-Sun Kim) and Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music (with Mina Carson and Tisa Lewis). She is the general editor of Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia and Women and Religion: Global Lives in Focus. She is a senior columnist for Baptist News Global and a regular contributor to Ms. magazine online. She has published in Inside Higher Education, The Conversation, the Berkeley Forum, Good Faith Media, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She is also founding coeditor of the ADVANCE Journal.