Review by Choice Review
Part of the Greenwood series "A World View of Social Issues," this volume examines the social implications of women's rights from a historical and culturally comparative perspective. Each of the 15 chapters is devoted to a country and includes a brief overview of that country and its basic policies, legislation, and demographic data, while featuring a national issue regarding women's rights (e.g., "Israel: The Myth of Gender Equality"). Countries were selected from five continents to represent different cultural practices and historical processes, Hinduism to Judaism, postindustrial capitalist to socialist economics, national to international political systems, colonization to globalization, and democratic to theocratic governments. The context ranges from a historical perspective of the evolution of women's rights to the more specific examination of how socioeconomic class, religion, and ethnic and racial differences have shaped and defined the concept of women's rights. Four appendixes (one with statistical comparisons, three of documents), an extensive subject index, and a bibliography complete the volume. Recommended for all levels of academia, undergraduates through faculty. A. E. Bonnette University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.