سال انتشار: 2022
تعداد صفحات: 164
زبان فایل: انگلیسی
فرمت فایل: pdf
حجم فایل: 8MB
This is the first full-length explicitly identified autoethnographic text on African American motherhood. It shows the lived experiences of Black motherhood, when mothering is shaped by race, gender and class, and mothers must navigate not only their own, but also their children's positions in society.
Ferdinand takes an intimate look at her mothering strategies spanning ten years (from 2007-2017), preparing her daughter to traverse a racist and sexist society. It is a multi-generational text that blends the author’s experience with that of her own mother, grandmother, and her daughter, to engage in a larger discussion of African American/Black mother/womanhood. It is grounded within Black Feminist Theory, which centers the experiences of Black women within the domains of intersecting oppressions. It is from a very personal position that Ferdinand provides a glimpse into the minutiae of mothering that reveal the everyday intricacies of Black women as mothers. It highlights specific strategies Black mothers use to combat discrimination and oppression, from teaching their children about the n-word to choosing positive representations of Black identity in movies, books, dolls, daycares, elementary schools, and even extra-curricular activities. It shows the impact that stereotypical manifestations of Black femininity have on Black women’s experience of motherhood, and how this affects Black women and girls understanding of themselves, especially their skin color, body shape, and hair texture.
As an interdisciplinary text, this book will be reading for academics and students in a broad range of fields, including Education, African American Studies, Communication Studies, Women Studies, Psychology and Health Studies. It is also a handbook of lived experience for Black mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, and for all mothers, grandmothers and daughters irrespective of color.