Shifting The Double Lives of Black Women in America

ISBN-10: 0060090553
ISBN-13: 9780060090555
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Description: Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back. With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.

The Roots of Shifting
The Pain of Gender Silence: "I Am Black but Ain't I a Woman?"
The Many Shifts of Black Women
Seeking a Voice: The Language and Messages of Black Women
The Sisterella Complex: Black Women and Depression
Doing Double Duty: Black Women in the World of Work
"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall": Black Women and Beauty
Forging a Delicate Balance: Romance and Relationships Between Black Women and Men
The ABCs of Shifting: Mothering Black Children
"Can I Get a Witness?" Black Women and the Church
Afterword
The African American Women's Voices Project
Notes
Recommended Reading
Index

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