Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, November

A Cross-Cultural Test of Nancy Jay's Theory about Women, Sacrificial Blood and Religious Participation
Abstract I examine the theoretical insights of Nancy Jay's 1992 investigation of patrilineal sacrificial rituals and their role in the restriction of women in religious rituals. I use the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample, a representative sample of...
Clinical Aspects of Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination-Psychological Consequences and Treatment Interventions, Sharyn Ann Lenhart, M.D, Brunner-Routledge, 2004, Pp 233
As someone who has undergone a fairly serious case of sexual harassment which has resulted in many losses and changes in my career, I found this book both revealing as well as disturbing. Revealing because there seems to be a fairly large body of work...
Female Workers in Japan: Opportunities & Challenges (I)
Abstract This study is based on a survey of male and female workers in organizations in and around Nagoya, Japan. It provides insights into gender issues within Japanese business organizations. The study finds that the female managers in Japan assess...
Gender Based Violence in India-A Never-Ending Phenomenon
Abstract Religion, customs, age-old prejudices, etc. have put Indian women in a subservient and exploitable position in many domains of life. Low rates of participation in education, lack of economic independence, value biases operating against...
Grassroots Participation and Feminist Gender Identities: A Case Study of Women from the Popular Sector in Metropolitan Lima, Peru
Abstract As women become active in grassroots organizations, they assume gender consciousness that generally leads them to adopt or experience "feminist gender identities," which is illustrated with ethnographic material collected in Lima, Peru....
Has Affirmative Action Reached South African Women?
Abstract South Africa has unfortunately inherited a work environment based on an economic system characterised by deprivation, political instability, adversarial labour relations, cheap migrant labour, and massive income and wealth disparities....
Institutionalized Powerlessness in Context: The Static and Dynamic Nature of Women's Status in Rural Bangladesh
Abstract Understanding the institutional structures surrounding the social status of women is an important topic in studies of gender and inter-generational relationships. This article uses exchange theory to examine the status and familial interactions...
Investigating the Dilemmas of Ethical Social Research
Abstract The author's work with a university ethics committee and field research in Pacific New Caledonia is used as a basis to problematise the biomedical research models used by universities in Australia for assessing social research as ethical....
Livelihoods, Security and Needs: Gender Relations and Land Reform in South Africa
Abstract This article focuses on the land reform programme in South Africa as well as on broader questions of rural women's needs. It draws on interviews with 47 key informants, drawn particularly from the NGO sector, carried out in 2002 and 2003....
Portraits of Believers: Ahmadi Women Performing Faith in the Diaspora
Abstract This paper is a look at how South Asian Ahmadi women in Southern California express their agency through their religious performance in the diaspora. This paper also tries to dispel the notion of a homogenized Muslim people and an Islamic...
Socio-Cultural, Environmental and Health Challenges Facing Women and Children Living near the Borders between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan (AIP Region)
Abstract For hundreds of years, people in the AIP region (the Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan borders) have been challenged by conflict and political and civil instability, mass displacement, human rights abuses, drought and famine. Given this sad history,...
The Interrelationship between Gender-Based Violence and HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Abstract This paper focuses on how gender-based violence intersects with HIV/AIDS in ways too devastating to be ignored. Women's subordinate position is linked to poverty, sexual abuse/rape, and the risk to women in long-term union. The country's...
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