Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By | June 17, 2019
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Author Melissa V. Harris-Perry
ISBN-10 0300188188
ISBN-13 9780300188189
Year 2013-04-23
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
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Jezebel s sexual lasciviousness Mammy s devotion and Sapphire s outspoken angerthese are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life Hurtful and dishonest such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others and even themselves that they do not need help But as a result the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized In this groundbreaking book Melissa V Harris Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry including literary analysis political theory focus groups surveys and experimental research to understand more deeply black women s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images Not a traditional political science work concerned with office seeking voting or ideology Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing Harris Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States

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