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If it wasn't for the women-- : Black women's experience and womanist culture in church and community

Author: Cheryl Gilkes
Publisher: Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, ©2001.
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"These collected essays examine the roles of women in their churches and communities, the implication of those roles for African American culture, and the tensions and stereotypes that shape societal responses to these roles. Gilkes examines the ways black women and their experience shape the culture and consciousness of the black religious experience, and reflects on some of the crises and conflicts that attend  Read more...
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Gilkes, Cheryl.
If it wasn't for the women--
Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, ©2001
(OCoLC)642414351
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Gilkes
ISBN: 1570753431 9781570753435
OCLC Number: 45024509
Description: viii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Community, Churchwork, Culture, and Crisis Toward a Sociology of Indispensable Black Women --
The Community Connection --
"If It Wasn't for the Women ..." Community Work and Social Change --
Exploring the Community Connection Race, Class, and Women's Agency --
Church Women and Their Work --
"Together and in Harness" Women's Traditions in the Sanctified Church --
The Roles of Church and Community Mothers Ambivalent American Sexism or Fragmented African Familyhood? --
The Role of Women in the Sanctified Church --
The Politics of "Silence" Dual-Sex Political Systems and Women's Traditions of Conflict --
Womanist Culture --
"Some Mother's Son and Some Father's Daughter" Issues of Gender, Biblical Language, and Worship --
"Sisters Who Can Lift a Community" Nannie Helen Burroughs, "The Slabtown District Convention," and the Cultural Production of Community and Social Change --
Crises, Confrontations, and Conflicts --
"Liberated to Work Like Dogs!" Labeling Black Women and Their Work --
The "Loves" and "Troubles" of African-American Women's Bodies The Womanist Challenge to Cultural Humiliation and Community Ambivalence --
Ministry to Women Hearing and Empowering "Poor" Black Women.
Other Titles: If it was not for the women
Responsibility: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes.

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"These collected essays examine the roles of women in their churches and communities, the implication of those roles for African American culture, and the tensions and stereotypes that shape societal responses to these roles. Gilkes examines the ways black women and their experience shape the culture and consciousness of the black religious experience, and reflects on some of the crises and conflicts that attend this experience."--Jacket.

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