ERIC Number: ED478395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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The Cultural Constructs of Race, Gender, and Class: A Study of How Afro Caribbean and Indo Caribbean Women Academics Negotiate Their Careers.
Gregory, Sheila T.
Women in the Caribbean share many different commonalities, but their experiences vary by culture and the socioeconomic development and infrastructure of the country in which they reside. The 44 women who participated in a study were all full-time faculty from the University of the West Indies, Mona, St. Augustine, and Cave Hill campuses located in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados. According to "Women in the Caribbean Project," Caribbean women rank high in status overall, when compared to other developed and underdeveloped nations. This paper examines the cultural constructs of race, gender, and class, and their application in Caribbean society in an effort to articulate a framework for understanding the current positionalities of Caribbean faculty women. The paper discusses the status of Caribbean faculty women. It focuses on hearing the truths of these women, paying particular attention to issues that emerged which document collective experiences, explain the intersecting of race, gender, and class, reconceptualize the role and challenges of Caribbean women in the home or academia, and illuminate paths not yet taken. The paper presents a hybrid framework that is grounded in elements of black feminist theory, but rests upon Caribbean culture as articulated by Caribbean scholars based on Caribbean history, tradition, and structure. (Contains 37 references and 4 notes.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: City Univ. of New York, NY.; University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica).
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