Gender and the Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

Gender and the Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

by Peter J. Ling
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813534380

ISBN-13: 9780813534381

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

This collection of nine essays analyzes the people, the protests, and the incidents of the civil rights movement through the lens of gender. More than just a study of women, the book examines the ways in which assigned sexual roles and values shaped the strategy, tactics, and ideology of the movement. The essays deal with topics ranging from the Montgomery bus

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This collection of nine essays analyzes the people, the protests, and the incidents of the civil rights movement through the lens of gender. More than just a study of women, the book examines the ways in which assigned sexual roles and values shaped the strategy, tactics, and ideology of the movement. The essays deal with topics ranging from the Montgomery bus boycott and Rhythm and Blues to gangsta rap and contemporary fiction, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Referring to groups such as the National Council of African American Men and events such as the Million Man March, the authors address male gender identity as much as female, arguing that slave/master relations from before the Civil War continued to affect Black masculinity in the postwar battle for civil rights. Whereas feminism traditionally deals with issues of patriarchy and prescribed gender roles, this volume shows how race relations continue to complicate sex-based definitions within the civil rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534381
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Challenging Conventions
Introduction: Gender and the Civil Rights Movement1
Chapter 1Daisy Bates, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the 1957 Little Rock School Crisis: A Gendered Perspective17
Chapter 2Sex Machines and Prisoners of Love: Male Rhythm and Blues, Sexual Politics, and the Black Freedom Struggle41
Chapter 3"Dress modestly, neatly ... as if you were going to church": Respectability, Class, and Gender in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Early Civil Rights Movement69
Leadership
Chapter 4Gender and Generation: Manhood at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference101
Chapter 5Women in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee: Ideology, Organizational Structure, and Leadership131
Chapter 6The "Gun-Toting" Gloria Richardson: Black Violence in Cambridge, Maryland169
Legacy
Chapter 7"It's a Doggy-Dogg World": Black Cultural Politics, Gangsta Rap and the "Post-Soul Man"187
Chapter 8Revisiting the 1960s in Contemporary Fiction: "Where do we go from here?"215
Chapter 9"The Struggle Continues": Black Women in Congress in the 1990s239
Contributors261
Index263

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