Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry | 9780300165418 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

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by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300165412

ISBN-13: 9780300165418

Pub. Date: 09/20/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many

Overview

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.

In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300165418
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

"The Hurricane," from Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1

Introduction 4

"The Bridge Poem," Kate Rushin 24

Chapter 1 Crooked Room 28

Chapter 2 Myth 51

"Resisting the Shame of Shug Avery," from The Color Purple Alice Walker 98

Chapter 3 Shame 101

Chapter 4 Disaster 134

"No Mirrors in My Nana's House," Sweet Honey in the Rock, lyrics Ysaye Maria Barnwell 180

Chapter 5 Strength 183

Chapter 6 God 221

"Praise Song for the Day," Elizabeth Alexander 266

Chapter 7 Michelle 269

Appendix: Survey Data 301

Notes 315

Index 368

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