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Women in the Material World Paperback – 1 Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books; New edition edition (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871569841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871569844
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.3 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If culture were to reflect what is really important globally, this is what it would look like. You need dynamite to blow apart the last vestiges of repressive stereotypes of women. These images are it."--Naomi Wolf

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This book was terrific. When I read the book MATERIAL WORLD, A GLOBAL FAMILY PORTRAIT, I thought there was no book like it that could be better. Now when I read it, all I wish is to have is WOMEN IN THE MATERIAL WORLD . I cannot believe how good it is. I recomend this book for all ages (I am 11).
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This book really made me think about my life as compared to the lives of women around the world. It was amazing to see how many people lived without electricity and education and all the things people in America and other developed countries take for granted. It reminds you how everyone has similar needs for love and freedom to be themselves, but how people all around the world are very different. When you're surfing the net, sometimes you don't think that there are women somewhere else pounding grain and tending their 7 children. This book was utterly fascinating.
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After living in ten U.S. states, England and Panama, I am well aware of economical differences between geograpthical areas. This book reminded me of the indoor physical space we Americans take for granted. The sheer luxury of a bedroom separate from the common living area, let alone bedrooms for the parents and each child!
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Women in the Material World was written to correct a defect the author percieved in the previous book The Material World: that the women of the families were neglected subjects by the interviews and photographers. Because the authors chose statically average families, unmarried women, homosexual women and women without children were not chosen--we (I call into one of the above catagories) are a minority and therefore to include us in the book would create a false impression. The questions and replies are not trite. It is almost impossible for those of us used to the unlimited possibilities open to many (but by no means all) to understand how cirumscribed the lives of the vast majoirty of men and women are. Lacking the opporunity to know or understand other ways of living, it is very hard for them to address anything but the day to day issues facing them. Yet the answers given the women in this book are thoughful, insightful and show great compassion. Here, in the US the words diversity and tolerance are bandied about--here is a book that begins to show how different we are in our understanding of ourselves, each other and our place in the world--and also how much we have in common. Now we a book about the most neglected group--Children in the Material World.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weak binding on paperback version 23 Oct. 2016
By Stone Mayven - Published on
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Wow, I'm really let down in this one. I love the book. I love that it's a follow up to the original Material World with new information the first one didn't have. But I'm so disappointed in the binding. I just opened this up for the first time and it's already falling apart! This is not going to last us more than a few months as my family loves to read these kind of book daily.

Does anyone know if the hardback version is the same way? Is there another company that sells a better version?

Update: now one star. The cover came off the entire book and not held together by a very cheap tape like adhesive. Unacceptable! See photos. I will be asking for a refund. All of this happened the first time I sat down to read it with coffee. I hate to give this product one star only because the content is worthy. But how can you enjoy it if is slowly dismantling as you read it?
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 25 Aug. 2003
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This book is a superlative sequel to the early Material World by Peter Menzel. I have read the earlier book so many times that when this new volume came out, I bought it immediately sight unseen. In this book, Faith D'Aluisio revisits 19 of the 30 families featured in the Material World to find out about the women's lives.
The articles are organized alphabetically, together with short features on marriage, laundry, work, education, childcare, hair, food, water, and friends. At the back of the book, we find statistical charts about women, and a useful statistics glossary. Each article has an extended interview with the mother of the family that reveals parts of her life story as well as her attitudes towards topics such as marriage, child care, education, money, and possessions. The articles are of course filled with numerous color photos, large and small, of the women at work and with other family members.
The Material World itself is a monumental book, but it was hard to go back to it after reading this book, where we find that the details presented in the Material World were so incredibly superficial. For example, family life for Maria dos Anjos Ferrerira in Brazil or Carmen Balderas de Castillo in Mexico isn't nearly as rosy as one might guess from looking at their original smiling photos in the Material World. On the other hand, Zhanna Kapralova from Russia continues to be a survivor. No matter how much you learn from the Material World, it will be far eclipsed by this book with its extended interviews and additional photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book everyone should read 20 July 2006
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A companion to Material World: Portrait of the Global Family, this book is an incredible expose of the lives of typical, average women all over the world. I, as an American woman with everything I could ever possibly dream of, especially appreciate seeing how things may have different for me had God just decided to make me the girl child of a Vietnamese working family vs. my background. It really makes you take stock of your life, appreciate it, and feel blessed no matter what your circumstances may be. America is truly a wealthy and favored nation. Even our poor, compared with most of the countries in the world, are rich! We should all feel compelled to give back, not matter how much (or how little) we have. I've been giving this book to my friends for gifts (thank you, Amazon!) A MUST READ!
5.0 out of 5 stars valuable & intriguing 19 Jan. 2009
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My husband gave me this book when I was starting training for a new job. It has become one of my favorites. I really enjoy the photography in the book and reading the interviews. I liked reading the interviews with the woman and comparing it to her husband's interview. The categories kept the topics fresh, and the country stats helped keep a perspective and context for each family. My feeling was that women everywhere have lots more in common that we might guess, and that women do in fact make the world go round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting sequel for the Material World 12 Jan. 2007
By Danielle - Published on
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I read the Material World several years ago and I was excited to see that Peter and Faith had published a "sequel" of sorts for the book. Women in the Material World is fascinating, especially if you can review it side by side to the Material World. I thought the questions regarding love in their marriage and their expectations for their children were so interesting. I am very happy with my purchase of this book and I recommend it to anyone who is considering it.
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