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Title:
Conflict : African American women and the new dilemma of race and gender politics
Author:
Hooper, Cindy, 1971-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
xii, 169 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
This book is an examination that looks at African American women's navigation of the interlocking obstacles of race and gender specifically within the political arena. A question previously posed in the abstract became real during the 2008 presidential election. Asked to make a choice, would an African American woman support a male African American candidate or a non-African American female candidate? If identity politics played a role in her decision, which identity would hold sway, female or African American? This volume offers an examination of an increasingly important voting bloc, one that impacted the 2008 election and whose loyalties will have far-reaching implications for future contests. This study is three-pronged. It explores the conflicts African American women experience in prioritizing race over gender, offers data-backed analysis of the substantial power of this bloc to influence elections, and looks at the ways in which the very existence of that influence impacts the political and social empowerment of this dual-identity population. As background to the present day story, the book surveys the history of African American females in elective office in the United States, as well as their roles in the Women's Suffrage and Civil Rights movements. It undertakes a study of African American women in this expansive political context, and it helps readers assess where African American women have been, where they are now, and what their roles might be in the future.
Language:
English
Contents:
Cohesive representation -- A look back -- Racial bias within the women's suffrage movement -- Gender bias within the civil rights movement -- The shortcomings of black feminism -- The 2008 presidential election: substance or symbolism? -- Early indicators of gender preference shift to racial preference -- The consequential shift to Obama -- The historic 2008 Democratic primaries and caucuses -- An influential new voting bloc emerges -- A renewed sense of obligation -- The fulfillment of the Thirteenth and Nineteenth Amendments -- The 2008 Presidential election: the choice.
ISBN:
9780313392146

9780313392153
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This in-depth examination looks at African American women's navigation of the interlocking obstacles of race and gender specifically within the political arena.

* Quotes from African American women about their dual-identity conflicts

* A bibliography


Author Notes

Cindy Hooper is a veteran of numerous local, state, and national political campaigns and founder of the National Organization for African-American Women.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Cohesive Representationp. 1
2 A Look Backp. 11
3 Racial Bias within the Women's Suffrage Movementp. 19
4 Gender Bias within the Civil Rights Movementp. 27
5 The Shortcomings of Black Feminismp. 37
6 The 2008 Presidential Election: Substance or Symbolism?p. 43
7 Early Indicators of Gender Preference Shift to Racial Preferencep. 53
8 The Consequential Shift to Obamap. 63
9 The Historic 2008 Democratic Primaries and Caucusesp. 73
10 An Influential New Voting Bloc Emergesp. 85
11 A Renewed Sense of Obligationp. 93
12 The Fulfillment of the Thirteenth and Nineteenth Amendmentsp. 99
13 The 2008 Presidential Election: The Choicep. 115
Conclusionp. 129
Afterwordp. 135
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 165

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