Challenging Controlling Images, Oppression, Poverty, and Other Structural Constraints: Survival Strategies Among African-American Women in Distressed Households

Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Eloise Dunlap, Andrew Golub

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Abstract

Powerful controlling images perpetuate misguided messages about impoverished African-American women that contribute to the oppression these women endure. These images inform policies and behavior that create and maintain structural barriers such as lack of access to education and meaningful employment further marginalizing oppressed individuals. This article uses in-depth interview data to analyze interlocking oppressions in the lived experience of impoverished African-American women. The authentic women's voices presented serve as a counter narrative of resistance. Our larger goal in writing this paper is to encourage the public, policy makers, service providers, and impoverished African-American women themselves to fight against controlling images by deconstructing personal biases, educating the public, and developing culturally congruent interventions to social problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-306
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of African American Studies
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African-American women
  • Controlling images
  • Interlocking oppressions
  • Poverty
  • Social justice
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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