Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women [NOOK Book]

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With this purported new 'era of high-profile, mega successful, black women who are changing the face of every major field worldwide' and growing socioeconomic diversity among black women as the backdrop, Embracing Sisterhood seeks to determine where contemporary black women's ideas of black womanhood and sisterhood merge with social class status to shape certain attachments and detachments among them. Similarities as well as variations in how black women of different social backgrounds perceive and live black ...
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Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women

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Overview

With this purported new 'era of high-profile, mega successful, black women who are changing the face of every major field worldwide' and growing socioeconomic diversity among black women as the backdrop, Embracing Sisterhood seeks to determine where contemporary black women's ideas of black womanhood and sisterhood merge with social class status to shape certain attachments and detachments among them. Similarities as well as variations in how black women of different social backgrounds perceive and live black womanhood are interpreted for a range of social contexts. This book confirms what many of today's African-American women and interested observers have known for some time: Conceptions and experience of black womanhood are quite diverse and appear to have grown more diverse over time. However, the potential for a pervasive and polarizing black 'step-sisterhood' is considerably undermined by the passion with which these women cling to the promises of cross-class gender/ethnic 'community' and of group determination. Embracing Sisterhood draws its analysis from in-depth interviews with eighty-eight contemporary black women aged 18 to 89 covering a variety of issues prompted by a survey questionnaire capturing various dimensions of gender/ethnic identity and consciousness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742578043
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/27/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,113,568
  • File size: 4 MB

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


Chapter 1 Introduction: Metaphorically Speaking
Chapter 2 The Legacy of Black Sisterhood: Deep Collective Roots
Chapter 3 The Contemporary Currency of Black Sisterhood
Chapter 4 Struggle as a Marker of Authentic Black Womanhood
Chapter 5 Discord in the Sisterhood: Classed Patterns of Sentiment and Experience
Chapter 6 Embracing Oprah Winfrey
Chapter 7 Conclusion: Re-Stimulating the Black Sisterhood
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