The main argument by the author of the article is that wives toForeign Service officers play critical roles in enhancing theadvancement of the American people in foreign countries. The authorstates that the wives of the Foreign Service officers are consideredas partners in the service. In other words, the women are said toenhance the careers of their husbands (Wood, 2005). Although thewives hold no official positions in the foreign offices, their rolesas domestic wives accentuate the positive presence of America allover the world.
The author of the article point that wives of Foreign Serviceofficers play critical domestic roles, which ensures that theAmerican missions abroad are run smoothly. Additionally, theofficers’ wives play the social roles and obligations, whichenhance the roles of the American mission are conducted effectively(Wood, 2005). Diplomats must establish political and socialrelationships with local leaders to enhance their service delivery.Some of these relationships are established and developed outside theoffice. In this regard, wives to diplomats play critical roles in thedevelopment and maintenance of these social relationships. The authorhas also argued that the officers’ wives roles as mothers, homemakers and wives helped to create the American domesticity in theforeign countries.
The roles that the wives play reflect their husbands and theircountry. The diplomats’ wives must therefore act in a way thatenhances the political relationships between America and the foreigncountries. The major role of diplomats’ wives is that of being ahostess. The wives prepare lavish diners and organize meetings attheir homes where social and political relationships are developed(Wood, 2005). The organization of the house, parties and the dressingof the wives are a reflection of the American culture, values andprosperity.
The American involvement oversees was largely concerned with thesearch of markets of the overly produced American goods. Towards the20th century, America was producing more goods andservices than the population could consume. In other words, there wasover production and under consumption (Ding, 2013). The inability bythe American people to consume was as a result of the socialinequalities which existed at the time. There was unequaldistribution of wealth amongst the American populace, which renderedsome sections of the society incapable of consuming all the goods andservices produced in America. This led to the involvement of Americaoversees in an effort to acquire more market for its goods andservices. America was also looking for navy basis in the land thatthey took oversees.
The issue of racism could also not be separated from the Americanforeign policy. The American culture was full of racism and this wasone of the reasons that America invaded India. The social, economicand political problems in America were responsible for the variousforeign policies adopted by the US (Zakaria, 2008). The revolutionwhich led to economic growth and immense production necessitated theneed to look for foreign markets and protect them (Guo & Guo,2010). This led to the development of imperials oversees. Thedomestic policies in the United States encouraged over productionwithout due consideration of the availability of enough localmarkets. This clearly indicates that there was a direct relationshipbetween the America’s domestic policies, culture and socio economicconditions.
Ding, S. (2013). American Empire. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gO6zAtGwYo
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Wood, M. (2005). Diplomatic wives: the politics of domesticity andthe social game in the U. S Foreign Service, 1905-1941. Journalof women’s history, Vol 17, Issue 2.
Zakaria, F. (2008). The post-American world. New York: W.W.Norton.