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6th Edition

A World Full of Women

ISBN 9780205872800
Published July 10, 2013 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Takes a cross-cultural approach to the study of women
A World Full of Women, 6/e, combines descriptive ethnography, gender theory, and international statistics to present a comprehensive picture of the lives of women. Readers will better comprehend and contextualize women’s issues and experiences in today’s world. This title explores the diversity of women’s lives from class to culture, with examples ranging from women’s work to marriage patterns, health issues, violence against women, and grassroots organizing.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.  “What’s for Dinner Honey?”  Work and Gender
Chapter 2.  Love and the Work of Culture
Chapter 3.  Blood and Milk:  Biocultural Markers in the Lives of Women
Chapter 4.  Patterns of Partnering from Romance to Resistance
Chapter 5.  Everyday Power:  Women’s Agency, Authority, and Influence
Chapter 6.  A Two-Bodied World
Chapter 7.  A Third Sex?
Chapter 8.  Life’s Lesions
Chapter 9.  Who Owns Her Body?
Chapter 10.  Invisible Workers

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MARTHA WARD was professor of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans for 42 years. Among other activities, she taught the first course in Women’s Studies and Gender in Louisiana.  She has survived the glass ceiling and academic politics, the Sexual Revolution, two marriages, Hurricane Katrina, and the intensities of motherhood ---among many similar experiences.  She has done fieldwork in and published her work in Micronesia, Tirol in the Austrian-Italian Alps, on the politics of reproduction in the United States, and on health care disparities for poor women.  The most recent project is a radical ethnographic and archival reconstruction of Voodoo in New Orleans, centering on the lives of its two famous practitioners, a mother and her daughter both named Marie Laveau.  Post-retirement she loves on her grandchildren and her looms where she weaves in honor of the work of women through time and space.
MONICA EDELSTEIN earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2001. Her research includes an investigation of spirit possession practices among Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and gendered practices in Judaism. Before earning her Ph.D., she worked as a community organizer and AIDS and reproductive rights activist in Dallas and New Orleans. She has taught anthropology courses on gender, women, Africa, and Native North America for both Tulane and the University of New Orleans and works as an anthropology subject matter expert for Pearson’s textbook publications. She has collaborated on World Full of Women since the 4th edition.  She resides in New Orleans with her husband and two daughters.