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August 2013 Featured Book: Sister Citizen

August's theme is Social Commentary.

 

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry



Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.

In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

Where You Can Get The Book:
Amazon: Hardback, Paperback
Barnes and Nobles: Hardback, Paperback
Miami-Dade Public Library (MDPLS): Paperback/Hardback (4 Copies)
Broward County Library (BCL): Paperback/Hardback (3 Copies)

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  • Nicole J.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this enlightening and inspiring discussion of the book.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Thought provoking, inspiring and on point.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Mahogany

      Thanks for coming out Joanna. It was lovely meeting you.

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, no library book. One month on the waiting list

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just finding out about your meet up group. I'd like to come but unable to locate book. Is that alright to just come to listen?

    August 7, 2013

  • Rose S.

    What's this book abour? Guess I gotta buy it! And still NO interest in MY novels???

    July 16, 2013

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