Between loud girls and finer womanhood: analyzing Black girls' experiences in a social club

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dc.contributor Atkinson, Becky M.
dc.contributor Fulton, DoVeanna S.
dc.contributor Kuntz, Aaron M.
dc.contributor McKnight, Douglas
dc.contributor.advisor Adams, Natalie G. Williams, Jeena 2017-03-01T16:48:54Z 2017-03-01T16:48:54Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001305
dc.identifier.other Williams_alatus_0004D_11587
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This descriptive case study examines how participants in LADY, a social club for adolescent Black girls in the southeast, learn from their mothers and club advisors about Black womanhood. Findings revealed that Black girls in LADY were taught aspects of finer womanhood that informed their ideas about Black womanhood in three significant ways, specifically through finer womanhood, surveillance, and creating an "us" and "them" dichotomy. This study illustrated how advisors trained participants for finer womanhood through club activities and workshops. In addition to club advisors, mothers monitored girls' interactions in an effort to guide them into Black womanhood. Also, this study highlighted the "us" and "them" dichotomy that LADY had through their exclusionary membership criteria. This empirical research has implications for both Girls' Studies and Black Feminist Theory (BFT). It expands Girls' Studies by including scholarship about Black girls' lived experiences. It contributes to BFT by showcasing how age is a category of difference that needs to be incorporated into BFT in order to study Black girls' lives. It also has implications for similar social clubs by highlighting adults' and girls' complex and multifaceted relationships that influence girls' preparation for Black womanhood.
dc.format.extent 179 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education
dc.subject.other Gender studies
dc.title Between loud girls and finer womanhood: analyzing Black girls' experiences in a social club
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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