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Women, Power, and Ethnicity : Working Toward Reciprocal Empowerment

By: Darlington, Patricia S.E.
Contributor(s): Mulvaney, Becky Michele.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (262 p.).ISBN: 9781317957034.Subject(s): Ethnicity -- United States | Minority women -- United States -- Attitudes | Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- Public opinion | Women -- United States -- Attitudes | Women immigrants -- United States -- AttitudesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women, Power, and Ethnicity : Working Toward Reciprocal EmpowermentDDC classification: 305.4/0973 | 305.40973 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Power: Past, Present, and Future; Power: Its Various Forms; Reciprocal Empowerment: A New Approach; Chapter 2. African-American Women and Power; The Strength of a Nation: A Brief History of African-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 3. Asian-American Women and Power; Different Histories and Changing Roles: A Brief History of Asian-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 4. Caribbean-American Women and Power
A Multitude of Languages and Cultures: A Brief History of Caribbean-American WomenAnalysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 5. European-American Women and Power; European-American Women and the History of "Whiteness" in the United States; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 6. Latin American Women and Power; Political and Economic Influences: A Brief History of Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 7. Middle Eastern-American Women and Power
Fact and Fiction: A Brief History of Middle Eastern-American WomenAnalysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 8. Native American Women and Power; "Immigrants" in Their Own Land: A Brief History of the Seminole Nation and Its Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 9. Conclusion; Discussion of Survey and Interview Results; Revised Model of Reciprocal Empowerment; Recommendations; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Powerful women aren''t just men walking around in dresses!As women continue to assume positions of social leadership in increasing numbers, the dynamics of the social construction of power need to be examined. 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: Working Toward Reciprocal Empowerment 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.Reciprocal empowerment is a discursive and behavioral style of interaction grounded in reciprocity initiated by people who feel a sense of personal authority. Reciprocal empowerment enables people with mutual self-interests to rise above obstacles based on social and political structures and to use personal authority to discuss and act on issues openly and honestly in order to effect change. Using a qualitative methodology, Women, Power, and Ethnicity includes the results of surveys and interviews with women from seven different ethnic groups in the United States to determine if the concept or reciprocal empowerment resonates with them. The answer: Yes!Women, Power, and Ethnicity is organized by surveys and interview findings on women from seven cultural groups living in the United States (African, Asian, Caribbean, European, Latin, Middle Eastern, Native American). Each chapter includes: analyses of ethnographic findings, surveys, and interviews concise historical information effects of immigration, where applicable tables and diagrams direct quotes and much more!Women, Power, and Ethnicity examines women''s attitudes toward power in several social forums--home, job, religion, politics, and society in general. The book is an essential resource for teachers and students of communication studies, women studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and social sciences.
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Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Power: Past, Present, and Future; Power: Its Various Forms; Reciprocal Empowerment: A New Approach; Chapter 2. African-American Women and Power; The Strength of a Nation: A Brief History of African-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 3. Asian-American Women and Power; Different Histories and Changing Roles: A Brief History of Asian-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 4. Caribbean-American Women and Power

A Multitude of Languages and Cultures: A Brief History of Caribbean-American WomenAnalysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 5. European-American Women and Power; European-American Women and the History of "Whiteness" in the United States; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 6. Latin American Women and Power; Political and Economic Influences: A Brief History of Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-American Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 7. Middle Eastern-American Women and Power

Fact and Fiction: A Brief History of Middle Eastern-American WomenAnalysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 8. Native American Women and Power; "Immigrants" in Their Own Land: A Brief History of the Seminole Nation and Its Women; Analysis of Ethnographic Findings; Conclusion; Chapter 9. Conclusion; Discussion of Survey and Interview Results; Revised Model of Reciprocal Empowerment; Recommendations; Bibliography; Index

Powerful women aren''t just men walking around in dresses!As women continue to assume positions of social leadership in increasing numbers, the dynamics of the social construction of power need to be examined. 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: Working Toward Reciprocal Empowerment 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.Reciprocal empowerment is a discursive and behavioral style of interaction grounded in reciprocity initiated by people who feel a sense of personal authority. Reciprocal empowerment enables people with mutual self-interests to rise above obstacles based on social and political structures and to use personal authority to discuss and act on issues openly and honestly in order to effect change. Using a qualitative methodology, Women, Power, and Ethnicity includes the results of surveys and interviews with women from seven different ethnic groups in the United States to determine if the concept or reciprocal empowerment resonates with them. The answer: Yes!Women, Power, and Ethnicity is organized by surveys and interview findings on women from seven cultural groups living in the United States (African, Asian, Caribbean, European, Latin, Middle Eastern, Native American). Each chapter includes: analyses of ethnographic findings, surveys, and interviews concise historical information effects of immigration, where applicable tables and diagrams direct quotes and much more!Women, Power, and Ethnicity examines women''s attitudes toward power in several social forums--home, job, religion, politics, and society in general. The book is an essential resource for teachers and students of communication studies, women studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and social sciences.

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Some social scientists hold a dim view of the qualifications of diversity consultants; unfortunately, this book will confirm that opinion. The authors report developing a scale of 52 items representing four dimensions of power but do not use any of the standard tools of scale reliability and validity testing such as factor analysis or alpha levels. They administer this scale along with open-ended interviews to seven "racial-ethnic groups" of women, themselves oddly constituted (e.g., "Latin-American" refers to Puerto Rican and Cuban women, while "Caribbean-American" women are Jamaican, Haitian, and Dominican, seemingly a racial rather than geographic grouping). The four "dimensions" of the scale are cobbled together out of the conventional feminist distinction between "power-to" and "power-over" (neither clearly defined) and their own newer, fuzzier conceptions of "personal authority" and "reciprocal empowerment." The interviews seem to challenge the construction of these four dimensions, but this difference is treated as a substantively interesting finding rather than a reflection of methodological weakness. The idea of testing alternative hypotheses to their predetermined view that racial-ethnic "cultures" are the primary sources of differences among women never enters their heads, so the relative significance of age, education, social class, and work experiences is not assessed. Overall, this is an example of how not to do feminist research. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. M. M. Ferree University of Wisconsin

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