Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America

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Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America

Explores the history and potential of black churches as agents of change in reducing poverty, especially for black women.

This striking portrayal of poor black women in this country describes the unemployment, underemployment, isolation, and lack of assets many typically experience. Day also takes on, and demolishes, the ...

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Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America

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Overview

Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America

Explores the history and potential of black churches as agents of change in reducing poverty, especially for black women.

This striking portrayal of poor black women in this country describes the unemployment, underemployment, isolation, and lack of assets many typically experience. Day also takes on, and demolishes, the common stereotypes that castigate these women as "morally problematic and dependent on the money of good tax-paying citizens."

Day then calls on the black churches to become potential agents of change and leaders in addressing the unequal social and economic structures that hold these women captive. The goal is to empower poor black women to develop assets that will prevent long-term poverty and allow them to flourish.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759819
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 807,676
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Black Women's Poverty Revisited 1

The Black Churches in America 3

The Problem of Advanced Capitalism 5

The New Ways Black Poverty Articulates Itself 8

Growth of an American Underclass 9

The Goal and Structure of This Book 10

1 Is the Black Church "Home" for Poor Black Women? 15

The Black Church as an Institution 16

The Black Church: A Prophetic Tradition? 18

Surrogate World or Wilderness? 23

A Community of Transcendence 27

2 Saving Poor Black Women Faith-Based Initiatives 31

Old Battles, New Directions 32

A Return to Religious Involvement 37

Do Faith-Based Initiatives Save Poor Black Women? 40

3 We Too Are America 47

Critique of Free-Market Ideology and Its Neo-liberal Interests 48

Multiple Black Americas 54

Historical Shifts toward a Post-Industrial Political Economy 58

Falling through the Cracks 62

4 Guilty until Proven Innocent 69

An Unholy Alliance: Religious Values and Neo-liberal Logic in Welfare Reform 70

The "Racializing" of Welfare Policy: A Silenced History 73

The Regulation of Poor Black Women's Lives: The New Jane Crow 78

Welfare Policy and Structural Violence 85

5 The Unfinished Business of the Poor People's Campaign A New Gender and Sexual Politics 89

The Black Church and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 91

The Last Crusade: The Emergence of the Poor People's Campaign Movement 99

6 A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel 107

The Poverty of Prosperity, Gospel Theology 108

Tension between Hope and Blame 112

Questioning the Capitalist Moment 113

A New Prosperity Gospel? 117

7 An Asset-Building Policy Approach 127

The Norm of Participatory Parity 128

Are Income-Based Paradigms Enough? 132

The Problems of Asset Discrimination 136

Asset-Building Policies for the Poor 140

Epilogue: Building a Movement to End Poverty 147

Notes 153

Suggested Readings 169

Index 173

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