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Imagining Black womanhood : the negotiation of power and identity within the Girls Empowerment Project

Author: Stephanie D Sears
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imagining Black Womanhood illuminates the experiences of the women and girls of the Girls Empowerment Project, an Africentric, womanist, single-sex, after-school program located in one of the Bay Area's largest and most impoverished housing developments. Stephanie D. Sears carefully examines the stakes of the complex negotiations of Black womanhood for both the girls served by the project and for the women who  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie D Sears
ISBN: 9781438433264 1438433263 9781438433271 1438433271
OCLC Number: 502150626
Description: xii, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Girls Empowerment Project --
Controlling "the urban girl" --
GEP's culture of empowerment --
GEP's organizational structure and power matrix --
Africentric womanism meets decent girl femininity --
Dance lessons --
Conclusion : imagining Black womanhood, imagining social change.
Responsibility: Stephanie D. Sears.

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"Imagining Black Womanhood illuminates the experiences of the women and girls of the Girls Empowerment Project, an Africentric, womanist, single-sex, after-school program located in one of the Bay Area's largest and most impoverished housing developments. Stephanie D. Sears carefully examines the stakes of the complex negotiations of Black womanhood for both the girls served by the project and for the women who staffed it. Rather than a multigenerational alliance committed to women's and girls' empowerment, the women and girls often appeared to struggle against each other, with the girls' "politics of respect" often in conflict with the staff's "politics of respectability," a conflict especially highlighted in the public contexts of dance performances. This groundbreaking case study offers significant insights into practices of resistance, identity work, youth empowerment, cultural politics, and organizational power." ""This book makes an important contribution by focusing on girls of color and an organization devoted to girls of color, exposing the complexities and contradictions that mark the way power, race, and gender become operationalized in practice. Well written and with rich quotes, it's a wonderful read."︣Mary P. Sheridan, author of Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone"--Jacket.

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