This is the first full-length explicitly identified
autoethnographic text on African American motherhood. It shows the
lived experiences of Black motherhood, when mothering is shaped by
race, gender, and class, and mothers must navigate not only their
own, but also their children's positions in society. Ferdinand
takes an intimate look at her mothering strategies spanning ten
years (from 2007 to 2017), preparing her daughter to traverse a
racist and sexist society. It is a multi-generational text that
blends the author's experience with that of her own mother,
grandmother, and her daughter, to engage in a larger discussion of
African American/Black mother/womanhood. It is grounded within
Black Feminist Theory, which centers the experiences of Black women
within the domains of intersecting oppressions. It is from a very
personal position that Ferdinand provides a glimpse into the
minutiae of mothering that reveal the everyday intricacies of Black
women as mothers. It highlights specific strategies Black mothers
use to combat discrimination and oppression, from teaching their
children about the n-word to choosing positive representations of
Black identity in movies, books, dolls, daycares, elementary
schools, and even extra-curricular activities. It shows the impact
that stereotypical manifestations of Black femininity have on Black
women's experience of motherhood, and how this affects Black women
and girls' understanding of themselves, especially their skin
color, body shape, and hair texture. As an interdisciplinary text,
this book will be reading for academics and students in a broad
range of fields, including Education, African American Studies,
Communication Studies, Women Studies, Psychology and Health
Studies. It is also a handbook of lived experience for Black
mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, and for all mothers,
grandmothers, and daughters irrespective of color.
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