ERIC Number: EJ1045187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Arctic Space, Lonely Place: "Mammy Moments" in Higher Education
Howard-Baptiste, Shewanee D.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v46 n4 p764-782 Nov 2014
Many ideologies and cultural practices influence the way we think about Black women. Specifically, the Mammy trope permeates the walls of higher education in ways that leave Black female professors feeling disrespected, not acknowledged, and questioning their own intellectual ability. The ways in which students, faculty, and staff interact with Black female faculty members is termed accordingly as "Mammy moments." "Mammy moments" are the overt and covert behaviors, attitudes, preconceived notions, and stereotypes that are held on, over, and against Black female professors. Historically, the Mammy trope is depicted as unintelligent, invisible, and self-sacrificing. The author argues that these same depictions are apparent in higher education. Black female professors are presented and represented as lacking the skills, knowledge, and capabilities to be a critically component and credible college professor.
Descriptors: Ideology, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, African Americans, Females, Minority Group Teachers, Women Faculty, College Faculty, Teaching Conditions, Interpersonal Relationship, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Stereotypes, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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