Sheila's Shop

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Overview

Sheila's Shop invites us into a Southern beauty parlor to meet working-class African American women. We get to know the women individually as they discuss everything from relationships and beauty to politics, equality, race, gender, and class. We hear them speak in their own words about their families and communities and the struggles they face in all areas of life. Sheila's Shop acts as a microcosm of female, working-class, African-American society. Kimberly Battle-Walters spent over sixteen months interviewing and listening to women at Sheila's Shop while researching this valuable ethnographic work. Literature and the media tend to report either on the lives of upwardly mobile, middle-class African Americans or on the poor, ignoring working-class women. Sheila's Shop focuses on these women, introducing a conceptual model of 'racial and gender victorization' to explain the process by which working-class African American women learn to see themselves as victors rather than victims, despite their complex and often difficult lives. This book also provides insight into the informal support networks that are fostered in public places such as beauty shops_these support networks lay the foundation for strong African American women, families, and communities.
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Editorial Reviews

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Many African American women show an incredible resiliency that often turns them from victims to victors as they struggle to support their children and themselves. In order to explain how they do it, this insightful book follows a group of working-class African American women who patronize or work at Sheila's beauty shop....This book is a must read for anyone interested in issues of race, gender, and class. Highly recommended.
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Many African American women show an incredible resiliency that often turns them from victims to victors as they struggle to support their children and themselves. In order to explain how they do it, this insightful book follows a group of working-class African American women who patronize or work at Sheila's beauty shop....This book is a must read for anyone interested in issues of race, gender, and class. Highly recommended.
K. Sue Jewell
An insightful exploration of the importance of the beauty shop for African American working-class women in offering the comfort, community, and social networking that enable them to discuss the unique challanges and experiences they face as well as to identify successful strategies to transcend them.
Yanick St. Jean
Lively, candid, cozy, free of jargon, well-researched, and a queller of American historical myths about women. Everyone should read it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847699322
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Battle-Walters is associate professor of social work at Azusa Pacific University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Sheila's Shop Chapter 2 The Realities of Being Black and Female Chapter 3 Three African American Families and Communities Chapter 4 Four Racial Matters Chapter 5 Standing Strong Chapter 6 Beyond Sheila's Shop: A New Discussion Chapter 7 Appendix A: Interview Questions Chapter 8 Appendix B: Demographics Chapter 9 Appendix C: Methodology, Data Analysis, and Coding
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