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1st Edition

Young, Female and Black

ISBN 9780415067058
Published March 26, 1992 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Young black women bear all the hallmarks of a fundamentally unequal society. They do well at school, contribute to society, are good efficient workers yet, as a group they consistently fail to secure the economic status and occupational prestige they deserve.
This book presents a serious challenge to the widely held myth that young black women consistently underachieve both at school and in the labour market. In a comparative study of research and writig from America, Britain and the Caribbean Young, Female and Black re-examines our present understanding of what is meant by educational underachievement, the black family and, in particular, black womanhood in Britain.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 The myth of underachievement; Chapter 3 Do schools make a difference?; Chapter 4 Life in the classroom; Chapter 5 Entering the world of work; Chapter 6 Strategic careers; Chapter 7 Redefining black womanhood; Chapter 8 Family matters; Chapter 9 Conclusion;

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Heidi Safia Mirza


"... should be welcomed by schools and black women alike." - Dawn Payne, Manchester Women's Magazine