Black Feminist Voices in Politics

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SUNY Press, Jul 6, 2006 - Political Science - 196 pages
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In Black Feminist Voices in Politics, Evelyn M. Simien charts a course for black women’s studies in political science. Examining the simultaneous effects of race and gender on political behavior, Simien uses a national telephone survey sample of the adult African American population to discover the extent to which black women and men support black feminist tenets. At the heart of this book are answers to such questions as: How does the absence of black feminist voices impair our understanding of group consciousness? What factors make individuals more or less likely to adopt black feminist views? Are men just as likely as women to support black feminist tenets? Simien analyzes the survey data, responds to limitations of existing research, and addresses critical questions that many black academics, intellectuals, and activists have devoted significant energy to debating without much empirical evidence.
 

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Contents

CHARTING A COURSE FOR BLACK WOMENS STUDIES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
1
FROM MARGIN TO CENTER African American Women and Black Feminist Theory
19
RACE TRUMPS GENDER OR VICE VERSA? Cross Pressures and Deliberate Choices
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BLACK FEMINIST CONSCIOUSNESS AND ITS DETERMINANTS Factors Rooted in Experience
63
BLACK FEMINIST CONSCIOUSNESS RACE CONSCIOUSNESS AND BLACK POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
93
THE FUTURE OF FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP AND BLACK POLITICS RESEARCH
119
Stability and Change in Attitudes toward Black Feminism
139
Black Feminist Consciousness
157
Determinants of Black Feminist Consciousness
159
Race Consciousness
163
Political Behavior
165
REFERENCES
167
INDEX
185
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Evelyn M. Simien is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.

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