The research included in this volume examines the competing pressures felt by black women as political agents in the domains of elections, public policy, and social activism. Their challenges and initiatives are explored in public spaces, institutional behaviours, and public policy.
The volume features cutting-edge research exploring black women's political engagement. The first group of contributors interrogates the treatment of black women within the discipline of political science. The second group examines the relationship between cultural politics and policymaking. The third and final group outlines the politics of race-gendered identity and black feminist practice.
Black Women in Politics includes chapters on black leadership, radical versus moderate politics in New Orleans, and the Shelby vs. Holder Supreme Court decision. The editors introduce a new series highlighting trends in black politics. Finally, the work notes the passing of William (Nick) Nelson and Hanes Walton, Jr., prominent members of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
About the Author
Michael Mitchell is associate professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University. His research focuses on democratization in Latin America and the politics of ethnic minorities.
Nikol Alexander-Floyd is associate professor of women’s and gender studies and an associate member of the political science graduate faculty at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
David Covin is professor emeritus of government and ethnic studies at California State University, Sacramento. His research interests include black politics in the United States and Brazil and social movements.
Julia Jordan-Zachery is professor of public and community service and director of the Black Studies Program at Providence College.
Table of Contents
Guest Editors' Note
Special Issue Articles
Why Political Scientists Don't Study Black Women, But Historians and Sociologists Do: On Intersectionality and the Remapping of the Study of Black Political Women NikolAlexander-Floyd
"I Ain't Your Darn Help": Black Women as the Help in Intersectionality Research in Political ScienceJulia S. Jordan-Zachery
(Black) Papa Knows Best: Marion Barry and the Appeal to Black Authoritarian DiscourseRosemary Ndubuizu
"Talking" about Gender While Ignoring Race and Class: A Discourse Analysis of Pay Equity DebatesJulia S. Jordan-Zachery and Salida Wilson
Influencing the Political Agenda from the Outside: A Comparative Study of Hausa Women's NGOs and CBOs in Kano, NigeriaAdryan Wallace
Black Women's Pathways to the Statehouse: The Impact of Race/Gender IdentitiesNadia E. Brown
Taking to the Airwaves: Using Content Analyses of Survey Toplines and Filmographies to Test the "Michelle Obama Image Transformation" (MOIT) HypothesisRay Block Jr. and Christina S. Haynes
Research Article: Black Urban Leadership
Black Mayoral Leadership in New Orleans: Minority Incorporation RevisitedStefanie Chambers and William E. Nelson, Jr.
Current Issue Analysis: The Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder Decision
Reflections on Shelby v. HolderChristina Rivers
Black Women State LegislatorsElectoral Trend Data 1995–2011B. D'Andra Orey and Nadia E. Brown
Book Reviews: Special Issue on Black Women in PoliticsTiffany Willoughby-Herard
Swarns, Rachel L. American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama,reviewed by Wendy G. Smooth
Foster, Frances Smith, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Stanlie M. James, eds. Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women's Studies,reviewed by Brittany Lewis
Blackwell, Maylei. !Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement,reviewed by T. Jackie Cuevas
Tucker-Worgs, Tamelyn. The Black Megachurch: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement,reviewed by Stephanie Y. Mitchem
Harris-Perry, Melissa. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn't Enough),reviewed by Nadia E. Brown
McKittrick, Katherine. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle,reviewed by Zenzele Isoke
Nealy, Lisa Nikol. African American Women Voters: Racializing Religiosity, Political Consciousness, and Progressive Political Action in U.S. Presidential Elections from 1964 through 2008,reviewed by Hanes Walton, Jr .
Levi, Robin, and Ayelet Waldman, eds. Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons , Foreword by Michelle Alexander; Richie, Beth E. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation ; Shigematsu, Setsu, Cameron Granadino, and Jolie Chea. Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life ,reviewed by Ofelia Cuevas
Moore, Mignon R. Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women,reviewed by E. Patrick Johnson
Clay, Andreana. The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism, and Post-Civil Rights Politics,reviewed by H. L. T. Quan
Cohen, Cathy. Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics,reviewed by Melina Abdullah
The Editors: A Note on Passing: William (Nick) Nelson and Hanes Walton, Jr.
Invitation to the Scholarly Community