In Black Intimacies: A Gender Perspective on Families and Relationships, Shirley A. Hill applies a gender lens to the multiple systems of oppression that have shaped the lives of African American women and men. She challenges the image of a monolithic black population, a legacy of the civil rights movement that she argues is impossible to sustain in the postmodern era. Through a critique of intersectionality theory, Hill examines the ways in which gender has affected experiences of intimacy, family relationships, child rearing and motherhood for contemporary African Americans. Drawing on ethnographic material, interviews, and scholarly research, Hill's work rethinks the cultural and historical definitions of black identity, and reconceptualizes the various forms of oppression faced by black women. This book will be useful to students and instructors of African American Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Marriage and Family, and Social Work.
About the Author
Shirley A. Hill is professor of sociology at the University of Kansas whose work focuses on social inequality, families, and health care issues. She is the author of Managing Sickle Cell Disease in Low-Income Families (Temple, 1994) and African American Children: Socialization and Development in Families (Sage, 1999).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Theorizing Race: The Challenge of Black Progress, Diversity, and Decline
Chapter 3 Perspectives on Black Families: From Pathology to Postmodernism
Chapter 4 Love, Marriage, and Beyond: The Pursuit of Intimacy
Chapter 5 In Search of the Village: Black Motherhood in Transition
Chapter 6 Socializing Black Children: The Impact of Social Class
Chapter 7 Gendered Violence: Racial Oppression and the Assault on Black Women
Chapter 8 Resolutions