March 7, 2017

Black women, cultural images, and social policy by Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

By Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

Black girls, Cultural photos and Social coverage deals a severe research of the policy-making method. Jordan-Zachery demonstrates how social meanings surrounding the discourses on crime, welfare and relatives rules produce and reproduce discursive practices that hold gender and racial hierarchies. utilizing severe discourse research (CDA), she analyzes the values and ideologies ensconced within the a variety of photographs of black womanhood and their effect on coverage formation. This ebook presents remarkable perception into the racing-gendering strategy of coverage making to teach how family members of energy and different types of inequality are discursively built and impact the lives of African American ladies.

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Instead, I concentrate on the composite beliefs that are transmitted, usually through language, when these myths and symbols are employed. Symbols, myths and images, to be rendered potent, must be constructed and used in such a manner that makes them identifiable. A potent symbol is one that is strategically employed to make it and the meaning it conveys readily identifiable. The terms “urban” and “inner city,” for example, are Mythical Illusions 31 now analogous to blackness. Politicians no longer have to use “black” or “African American”; instead they rely on the terms “urban” or “inner city” to identify the policy-targeted group.

The purpose of engaging in this activity is to show the constructions of relations of power, and forms of inequality and the impact of said constructions on the lives of African American women and their communities. The markers of one’s positionality—from this vantage point, race, class, gender, experiences and values—affects data collection and analysis. My research, as that of all researchers, is informed by my positionality which influences the questions I ask and the theories I employ. Another researcher employing an interpretive approach as I do could conceivably assess this data differently, determining, for instance, that there are other tales being told.

The different experiences, according to her, resulted from racial hierarchies. The discourse, prevalent in the late-nineteenth-century (and continuing into modern times) overwhelmingly constructed and presented black women as immoral and promiscuous. Constructions were created to justify and reinforce the inequitable political, economic and social position of African Americans relative to whites; not to mention the growing perception of the link between criminality and race. As a consequence, black women were constructed as binary opposites to the ideal concept of womanhood.

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