ERIC Number: EJ817411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Reference Count: 84
Through the Lens of Race: Black and White Women's Perceptions of Womanhood
Settles, Isis H.; Pratt-Hyatt, Jennifer S.; Buchanan, NiCole T.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n4 p454-468 Dec 2008
The intersection of race and gender may create unique experiences for Black and White women in terms of work, family, domestic roles, and interpersonal relationships. Dissimilar gender-role norms may foster different perceptions of gender for these two groups of women. In the current study, we examined similarities and differences in Black and White women's perceptions of their gender using qualitative focus group methodology and grounded theory data analysis. The results identified five themes that were common to Black and White women: Gender-Based Mistreatment, Perceived Advantage, Friendships and Community, Caretaking, and Work and Family Options. One additional theme, Inner Strength, emerged only for Black women. Although many of the broad perceptions of womanhood were similar for Black and White women, analysis of the content within each theme highlighted important differences. We discuss the results in terms of how they may reflect socio-historical factors, gender discrimination, stereotypes, and gender-role norms.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Females, Focus Groups, Norms, Data Analysis, Whites, Gender Discrimination, Gender Bias, African Americans, Sex Role, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Attitudes, Racial Differences, Attitude Measures, Friendship, Employed Women, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Social Influences, Stereotypes
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