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Women in the Material World Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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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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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?
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.