Colombian Women

Colombian Women : The Struggle Out of Silence

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From her personal diary as an eleven-year-old in a Catholic girl's school, in which she chastises herself for the sin of wearing a bathing suit, through erudite analysis of the patriarchal structures on which most world communities stand, Elena GarcZs examines culture, history, economics, law, and religion as they apply to her native Colombia. In so doing, she promotes ideas which demolish the 'forced enclosure' of women in that society. Eighteen Colombian women, selected at random from many regions and ethnicities, and from up and down the socioeconomic ladder, tell life stories almost universally tragic, regardless of the wealth, education, age, or status derived from positions held by their husbands. Their experiences, in particular the ways in which family and institutions are used against them, illustrate the feminist theories around which GarcZs shapes her arguments. This book will be ideal for undergraduate students of Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Religion, and Sociology. It will also appeal to scholars interested in the welfare and development of more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 276 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739130110
  • 9780739130117

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With passion underlying cool scholarship, Elena Garces exposes Colombia's patriarchal system, a catastrophe for women and for the nation. Home, government, and Church collude to rob women, first, of their voices and, then, of the economic and political power by which they might thrive. Informed by her female subjects, the author links tradition and social science, to empower women, to encourage mutual respect between women and men, and to establish, perhaps, a model for Latin America....--Elinor Hillershow more

About Elena Garces

Elena GarcZs is founder of the Cooperative Women's Group, Cali, more