Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics

Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics

by Traci C. West
     
 

In Wounds of the Spirit, Traci West employs first person accounts-from slave narratives to contemporary interviews to Tina Turner's autobiography-to document a historical legacy of violence against black women in the United States. West, a black feminist Christian ethicist, situates spiritual matters within a discussion of the psycho-social impact of intimateSee more details below

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In Wounds of the Spirit, Traci West employs first person accounts-from slave narratives to contemporary interviews to Tina Turner's autobiography-to document a historical legacy of violence against black women in the United States. West, a black feminist Christian ethicist, situates spiritual matters within a discussion of the psycho-social impact of intimate assault against African American women.

Distinctive for its treatment of the role of the church in response to violence against African American women, the book identifies specific social mechanisms which contribute to the reproduction of intimate violence. West insists that cultural beliefs as well as institutional practices must be altered if we are to combat the reproduction of violence, and suggests methods of resistance which can be utilized by victim-survivors, those in the helping professions, and the church.

Interrogating the dynamics of black women's experiences of emotional and spiritual trauma through the diverse disciplines of psychology, sociology, and theology, this important work will be of interest and practical use to those in women's studies, African American studies, Christian ethics, feminist and womanist theology, women's health, family counseling, and pastoral care.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814793350
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
249
Sales rank:
1,242,664
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IListening to Women's Stories
1Testimony from Nonfiction Literature11
2Contemporary Testimony from Interviews30
IIPaying Attention to Women's Anguish
3Emotional and Spiritual Consequences55
IIIDeciphering the Role of Society
4Theoretical Resources91
5A Sampler of Cultural Assaults122
IVGarnering Methods of Resistance
6Identifying Resistance151
7Maintaining the Momentum, Sustaining an Ethic of Resistance181
Notes209
Select Bibliography233
Index245
About the Author249

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