Sister Citizen

Author: Melissa V. Harris-Perry
ISBN: 0300188188
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Political Science

Discusses the stereotypes of black women in contemporary American life and how it affects African Americans, and uses literary analysis, political theory, and experimental research to fully understand the pervasiveness of their marginalization. Reprint.

Sister Citizen

Author: Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300165418
Release Date: 2011-09-20
Genre: Political Science

DIVFrom a highly respected thinker on race, gender, and American politics, a new consideration of black women and how distorted stereotypes affect their political beliefs/div

Sister Citizen

Author: Harris-Perry, Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300165548
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Psychology

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger--these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized. In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, "Sister Citizen" instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

Barbershops Bibles and BET

Author: Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400836603
Release Date: 2010-06-14
Genre: Social Science

What is the best way to understand black political ideology? Just listen to the everyday talk that emerges in public spaces, suggests Melissa Harris-Lacewell. And listen this author has--to black college students talking about the Million Man March and welfare, to Southern, black Baptists discussing homosexuality in the church, to black men in a barbershop early on a Saturday morning, to the voices of hip-hop music and Black Entertainment Television. Using statistical, experimental, and ethnographic methods Barbershops, Bibles, and B.E.T offers a new perspective on the way public opinion and ideologies are formed at the grassroots level. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of black politics by shifting the focus from the influence of national elites in opinion formation to the influence of local elites and people in daily interaction with each other. Arguing that African Americans use community dialogue to jointly develop understandings of their collective political interests, Harris-Lacewell identifies four political ideologies that constitute the framework of contemporary black political thought: Black Nationalism, Black Feminism, Black Conservatism and Liberal Integrationism. These ideologies, the book posits, help African Americans to understand persistent social and economic inequality, to identify the significance of race in that inequality, and to devise strategies for overcoming it.

Sisters of the Yam

Author: bell hooks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317588313
Release Date: 2014-10-03
Genre: Social Science

In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance. Both an expression of the joy of self-healing and the need to be ever vigilant in the struggle for equality, Sisters of the Yam continues to speak to the experience of black womanhood.

Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman

Author: Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592136698
Release Date: 2009-06-26
Genre: Psychology

Explores the restrictive myth of the strong black woman through interviews, revealing the emotional and physical toll this "performance" can have.

The Sisters Are Alright

Author: Tamara Winfrey Harris
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 9781626563520
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"Everyone seems to have an opinion about American black women--they need to get married, change their hair, act like 'ladies,' and so on. Celebrated writer Tamara Winfrey Harris writes a searing account of being a black woman in America and explains why it's time for black women to speak for themselves"--Provided by publisher.

Black Sexual Politics

Author: Patricia Hill Collins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135955380
Release Date: 2004-08-02
Genre: Social Science

In Black Sexual Politics, one of America's most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman

Author: Michele Wallace
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 1859842968
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Social Science

MichÅle Wallace blasts the masculinist bias of 1960s Black politics, showing how women remained marginalised by the patriarchal culture of Black Power. She describes the ways in which traditional, male-identified myths of Black womanhood block the development of a separate female subjectivity. With the original publication of this book, she aroused protest from intellectual and political leaders touching off a debate which continues to resonate through current feminist and black theory.

Sister Citizen

Author: Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry
Publisher: Tantor Media Incorporated
ISBN: 1452626936
Release Date: 2014-05-09
Genre: African American women

From a highly regarded thinker on race, gender, and American politics, a new consideration of the pervasive stereotypes black women encounter, and an analysis of how these representations shape their experiences as citizens.

Who s Afraid of Post Blackness

Author: Touré
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439177556
Release Date: 2011-09-13
Genre: Social Science

Drawing on his own experience, as well as interviews with more than 100 black Americans--including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck D, Soledad O-Brien, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Aaron McGruder and more--the author explores what it means to be black in a post-2008 United States. By the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid


Author: Kimberly Wallace-Sanders
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472116140
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

A revealing exploration of the origins and meanings of the mammy figure

Modern Families

Author: Joshua Gamson
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479869732
Release Date: 2017-03-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

A personal, intimate account of the extraordinary ways that today’s families are being created. From adoption and assisted reproduction, to gay and straight parents, coupled and single, and multi-parent families, the stories in Modern Families explain how individuals make unconventional families by accessing a broad range of technological, medical and legal choices that expand our definitions of parenting and kinship. Joshua Gamson introduces us to a child with two mothers, made with one mother’s egg and the sperm of a man none of them has ever met; another born in Ethiopia, delivered by his natural grandmother to an orphanage after both his parents died in close succession, and then to the arms of his mother, who is raising him solo. These tales are deeply personal and political. The process of forming these families involved jumping tremendous hurdles—social conventions, legal and medical institutions—with heightened intention and inventiveness, within and across multiple inequities and privileges. Yet each of these families, however they came to be, shares the same universal joys that all families share. A companion for all those who choose to navigate the world of modern kinship, Modern Families provides a “fascinating look at the remarkable range of experiences that is broadening the very idea of family” (Booklist).

Words of Fire

Author: Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 9781565842564
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

Collects essays and letters from African American feminists, addressing race and gender issues in the United States

The Counter Revolution of 1776

Author: Gerald Horne
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479806898
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: History

The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity. But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British. In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt. Prior to 1776, anti-slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain and in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were in revolt. For European colonists in America, the major threat to their security was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved. It was a real and threatening possibility that London would impose abolition throughout the colonies—a possibility the founding fathers feared would bring slave rebellions to their shores. To forestall it, they went to war. The so-called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in part a counter-revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their right to enslave others. The Counter-Revolution of 1776 brings us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.