Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, by Angela Y. Davis

By Angela Y. Davis

The writer of "Women, Race and Class" means that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie vacation signify a black working-class, feminist ideology and old attention. Davis' illuminating research of the songs played by way of those artists offers readers with a compelling and transformative figuring out in their musical and social contributions and in their relation to either the African-American neighborhood and American tradition. of pictures.

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Women have minimal representation within the authority structures of Pacific mainline churches and biblical texts are frequently used selectively by religious leaders to legitimate women’s subordinate status in society more generally. ’ 30 1. A Feel for Context: Contingency and Women’s Collective Agency (Varani-Norton 2005: 223), however the expectation that their Church duties will involve participation in fundraising activities and practical support for Church meetings and social occasions generally results in increased demands made upon ‘women’s time, material wealth and energy’ and little else (VaraniNorton 2005: 240).

For example, Annelise Riles (2001: 51) described the importance of ‘institutionalized expressions of Fijian norms of hierarchy’ within women’s organisations stating that older women and women with a higher chiefly rank assumed the right to speak first while younger women were given the opportunity to speak only when explicitly asked. The strong cultural importance placed upon norms of quiet diplomacy, frequently described as the ‘appropriate’ means by which to articulate and mediate between political demands in the Pacific, also explains the presence of hierarchy within civil society.

Here I demonstrate how and why a focus on contingency is vital to understanding the organisational terrain of gender politics in Fiji and the broader Oceanic Region. Chapters 2 to 6 provide an empirically focused investigation of the terrain of gender politics in Fiji since the 1960s, with each roughly structured to reflect a ten-year period. Discussion in the first part of each chapter examines how women’s organisations have negotiated prevailing domestic, regional and international political influences during this period.

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