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Black Women in America

Social Science Perspectives

Emphasizing work that "frees our imaginations and allows us to conceive new theories, new language, and new questions," the collection seeks to establish the nature of Afro-American women’s experiences while providing a theoretical framework for Black feminist thought. In essays that explore the intersection of work and family, socio-historical literature and critiques, and the relation of Black women to community life, contributors to this volume document Afro-American social and personal struggles and strategies. Individual essays examine family roles, job satisfaction, economic status, and women’s traditions in the church.
An eloquent introduction to the development of Black feminist thought, Black Women in America encourages the discussion of broader issues, such as the treatment of cultural diversity in American higher education.

348 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1990

Black Studies

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Patterns and Resistances: Perspectives on Process and Progress
African-American Women’s Quilting: A Framework for Conceptualizing and Teaching African-American Women’s History
Elsa Barkley Brown

On Being the Object of Property
Patricia J. Williams

Challenging Dichotomies: the Intersections of Work and Family
A Response to Inequality: Black Women, Racism, and Sexism
Diane K. Lewis

The Dialectics of Black Womanhood
Bonnie Thornton Dill

Family Roles, Occupational Statuses, and Achievement Orientations among Black Women in the United States
Walter R. Allen

The Economic Fortunes of Women and Children: Lessons from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Mary Cocoran, Greg J. Duncan, and Martha S. Hill

Exploding the Myth of African-American Progress
James A. Geschwender and Rita Carroll-Seguin

Alliances across Generations: Sociohistorical Literature and Critiques
Slavery, Sharecropping, and Sexual Inequality
Susan A. Mann

For the Good of Family and Race: Gender, Work, and Domestic Roles in the Black Community, 1880-1930
Sharon Harley

Womanist Consciousness: Maggie Lena Walker and the Independent Order of Saint Luke
Elsa Barkley Brown

Black Matrilineage: The Case of the Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston

Inventing Selves and Constituting Community
"Together and in Harness": Women’s Traditions in the Sanctified Church
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

Family, Race, and Poverty in the Eighties
Maxine Baca Zinn

Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of a Black Feminist Ideology
Deborah K. King

The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought
Patricia Hill Collins

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