Sheila's Shop

Sheila's Shop

by Kimberly Battle-Walters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847699323

ISBN-13: 9780847699322

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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.…  See more details below

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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. This book focuses on those 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 -- support networks that lay the foundation for strong African American women, families, and communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847699322
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Sheila's shop13
Ch. 2The realities of being black and female29
Ch. 3African American families and communities57
Ch. 4Racial matters75
Ch. 5Standing strong93
Ch. 6Beyond Sheila's shop : a new discussion105

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