Embracing Sisterhood

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Embracing Sisterhood seeks to determine where contemporary black women's ideas of black womanhood and sisterhood merge with social class. This book confirms what many of today's African American women and interested observers have known for some time: conceptions and experiences of black womanhood are quite diverse and appear to have grown more so over time.
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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Higginbotham
Embracing Sisterhood utilizes an exhaustive investigation of secondary material in combination with interviews with a diverse group of African American women to explore the impact of a social class schism where images of class discord can mask shared concerns. McDonald’s powerful study is important reading for people interested in how social class can shape attachments and detachments within racial ethnic communities.
Women's Review of Books, March/April 2009, Vol 26, No 2 - Audrey Elisa Kerr
This book is successful in that it is as 'real' and accessible as it is rigorous.
Marlese Durr
Embracing Sisterhood is a thought-provoking examination of Black women’s intersecting challenges, tensions, and issues of class in the 21st century. With eloquently simple yet subtlety provocative sophistication, McDonald captures the continuing trials and tribulations for these women in a changing post Civil Rights Era where race is not their only struggle, but part of the nexus of questions and answers associated with gender/ethnic identity consciousness and class.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742545748
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Katrina Bell McDonald is associate dean of multicultural affairs and associate professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : metaphorically speaking 1
2 The legacy of black sisterhood : deep collective roots 33
3 The contemporary currency of black sisterhood 64
4 "Struggle" as a marker of authentic black womanhood 91
5 Discord in the sisterhood : classed patterns of sentiment and experience 128
6 Embracing Oprah Winfrey 160
7 Conclusion : restimulating the black sisterhood 175
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