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

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Overview

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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West, a professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University and a United Methodist clergyperson, 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 US. She confronts the ways that racism and sexism can intensify black women's anguish in the wake of intimate assault, situating spiritual matters within a discussion of the psychosocial impact of violence against women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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"Wounds of the Spirit is a complex book about a complex and difficult topic."

-Hypatia,

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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Assistant Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University, Traci C. West is a United Methodist clergyperson who has served in parish and campus ministry

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Listening to Women's Stories
1 Testimony from Nonfiction Literature 11
2 Contemporary Testimony from Interviews 30
II Paying Attention to Women's Anguish
3 Emotional and Spiritual Consequences 55
III Deciphering the Role of Society
4 Theoretical Resources 91
5 A Sampler of Cultural Assaults 122
IV Garnering Methods of Resistance
6 Identifying Resistance 151
7 Maintaining the Momentum, Sustaining an Ethic of Resistance 181
Notes 209
Select Bibliography 233
Index 245
About the Author 249
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