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Black Women, Cultural Images and Social Policy

1st Edition

By Julia S. Jordan-Zachery


220 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Black Women, Cultural Images and Social Policy offers a critical analysis of the policy-making process. Jordan-Zachery demonstrates how social meanings surrounding the discourses on crime, welfare and family policies produce and reproduce discursive practices that maintain gender and racial hierarchies. Using critical discourse analysis (CDA), she analyzes the values and ideologies ensconced in the various images of black womanhood and their impact on policy formation. This book provides exceptional insight into the racing-gendering process of policy making to show how relations of power and forms of inequality are discursively constructed and impact the lives of African American women.

Table of Contents

1. Perceptions, Culture and Policy: A Racing-Gendering Perspective 2. Mythical Illusions: Cultural Images and Black Womanhood 3. Mammy is a Maniac: Black Women, Images, and Crime 4. You Better Work: ‘Rehabilitation’ and Welfare Policy 5. The Government’s ‘Make a Man Kit’: Family Policies 6. For Us by Us: Redefining Black Womanhood

About the Author

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery is Director of the Black Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Providence College. Her research focuses on developing a critical policy analysis. Recent articles have appeared in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, National Political Science Review, Journal of Social Policy, Politics & Gender.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in North American Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies