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Women on the Verge of Home
Women on the Verge of Home
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Bilinda Straight - Editor
Ruth Behar - Foreword by
Price: $78.50 
Hardcover - 203 pages
Release Date: March 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6353-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6353-6

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Paperback - 203 pages
Release Date: February 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6354-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6354-3

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Interrogates the comfortable and stable contours of "home," asking what it means to women in different social, class, sexual, ethnic, and racial contexts in different times and places.

This book explores the idea of "home." Using feminist scholarship and ethnographically grounded readings of historical, literary, and cultural texts, contributors interrogate the comfortable and stable contours of home and ask what it means to women in different social, class, sexual, ethnic, and racial contexts in different times and places. Giving voice to diverse women's understandings of home, the book includes stories of elite white U.S. and Canadian women, rural poor and peasant white women in the United States and France, a British Caribbean freed slave woman, and others.

"What is unique about this book—and what I like most—is its range in the geographical/cultural areas and time periods covered and the various approaches to the topic. This makes the book attractive to wide readerships in anthropology and sociology, gender studies, and literary/cultural studies. All of the contributions are excellent, and some are outright wonderful." — Maria Grosz-Ngaté, coeditor of Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa

"Teachers of globalization, cultural anthropology, and gender studies will find this book a powerful teaching tool. The writers reveal the complex politics and poetics of home and move readers to think, rethink, and revalue the everyday lives of themselves and others." — William F. Kelleher Jr., author of The Troubles in Ballybogoin: Memory and Identity in Northern Ireland

Contributors include Ruth Behar, Elizabeth A. Bohls, Caroline B. Brettell, Deborah Reed-Danahay, Judy Rosenthal, Kathleen Stewart, Bilinda Straight, Gina Ulysse, and Katherine E. Zirbel.

Bilinda Straight is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Western Michigan University.


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Table of Contents

FOREWORD
Ruth Behar

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1. Introduction: Women on the Verge of Home
Bilinda Straight

2. Still Life
Kathleen Stewart

3. A Long Way from Home: Slavery, Travel, and Imperial Geography in The History of Mary Prince
Elizabeth A. Bohls

4. My Shafiqa: Concerning the Travels and Transgressions of a Southern Egyptian Woman
Katherine E. Zirbel

5. Cold Hearths: The Losses of Home in an Appalachian Woman's Life History
Bilinda Straight

6. Liminal Space and Liminal Time: A Woman's Narrative of a Year Abroad, 1938–1939
Caroline B. Brettell

7. Desire, Migration, and Attachment to Place: Narratives of Rural French Women
Deborah Reed-Danahay

8. Foreign Spirits inside the Family: Vodu Home on the Ex-Slave Coast
Judy Rosenthal

9. Concepts of Home
Gina Ulysse

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX



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