Black beauty, white standards: a phenomenological study of black american women's perception of body image at a PWI

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dc.contributor Dyson, Yarneccia
dc.contributor Dawson-Hardy, Mildred
dc.contributor Guyotte, Kelly W.
dc.contributor Mugoya, George T.
dc.contributor.advisor Burnham, Joy J.
dc.contributor.author Hicks, Adora
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-14T18:12:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-14T18:12:19Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003129
dc.identifier.other Hicks_alatus_0004D_13612
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5261
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study examined the daily lives and experiences of ten Black American women, looking specifically at perceptions of their body image. The ten women were enrolled undergraduate students at a predominately White institution (PWI) in the southeastern region of the United States. The primary data collection method was in-depth individual interviews and focus groups. Coupled with Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought (2000) and the use of a phenomenological approach, the data were coded and analyzed according to three research questions, which guided this study. Five major themes emerged from this study, shedding light on the perceptions that Black American women have about their bodies when they are enrolled at a PWI. The five themes identified included: (1) experiences prior to college and the current campus culture; (2) Black Capstone Life versus Greek Life; (3) challenges of being Black at a PWI; (4) the concept of unapologetically Black; and, (5) Black girl magic. The ten Black women provided insight about their experiences, including their unique cultural features of beauty and appearance and their dual identity as a Black and female student attending a PWI. This study provided a valued space for Black American women to define and process who they are as Black women at a PWI, indicating the need for such a space and support at other PWIs.
dc.format.extent 204 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 Mental health
dc.subject.other Higher education
dc.title Black beauty, white standards: a phenomenological study of black american women's perception of body image at a PWI
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
etdms.degree.discipline Counselor Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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