Keepers of the Culture: The Power of Tradition in Women's Lives

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Brings new and seldom heard voices to the feminist debate

Janet Mancini Billson lets you listen to the voices of women of color, native women, and rural and immigrant women. She shows us the dilemmas they face working to preserve the positive parts of their culture that provide identity and closeness among generations, while casting off the negative parts of their heritage that may hold them back.

Provides an alternative to the middle class, white, North American mainstream that has until now dominated our perceptions of women.

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"Riveting and timely, this book is must reading for anyone interested in the growing field of women's studies."-Richard Majors, National Council of African-American Men"Janet Billson's ethnographic study of Canadian women representing a diversity of cultural traditions is vividly descriptive. Her chapters are written so as to 'take the reader with her' as she travels from one group to another, revealing the richness of these women and their families."-Ruth A. Wallace, George Washington UniversityIn Keepers of the Culture Janet Mancini Billson brings new voices to the feminist debate-the seldom heard voices of women of color, Native women, and rural and immigrant women. Many live in small communities in social or geographic isolation from the middle class white North American mainstream that has until now dominated our perceptions of women's identity and relations between the sexes.Today's women face powerful challenges to break with the traditions of the past, coupled with a deep need and responsibility to preserve the strong and unique elements of their heritage. We all have much to gain from understanding women whose very definition of liberation and power may differ greatly from our own. Keepers of the Culture offers new insights into the questions of why some women embrace the ideals of the women's movement and others are hostile to it. By exploring women's lives in seven distinct cultural communities in Canada-Iroquois, Blood, Inuit, Mennonite, Jamaican, Chinese, and Ukrainian-Billson explores how their roles and the balance of power between men and women have shifted as their communities have moved from traditional to more contemporary life styles.In the course of her research, Billson lived among the women she interviewed and shared their daily lives, bringing richness and depth to the portraits of these women few of us know. Through their stories, Billson shows us the dilemmas all women face as they work to preserve the positive parts of the

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Janet Mancini Billson brings new and seldom heard voices to the feminist debate--those of women of color, native women, and rural and immigrant women. Many live in small communities in social or geographic isolation from the middle class, white, North American mainstream that has, until now, dominated our perceptions of women's identity and relations between the sexes. Billson shows us the dilemmas these women face as they work to preserve the positive parts of their culture that provide identity and closeness among generations, while casting off the negative parts of their heritage that may hold them back.

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