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The 'Swelling Wave Of Oppression': An Intersectional Study Of The Health Challenges Of Black Heterosexual Women And Black Queer Women In The American South, Jayme N. Canty Dec 2017

The 'Swelling Wave Of Oppression': An Intersectional Study Of The Health Challenges Of Black Heterosexual Women And Black Queer Women In The American South, Jayme N. Canty

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The purpose of this dissertation is to utilize an intersectional approach to determine what external factors (social, political, and economic) contribute to the health challenges of black heterosexual women and black queer women in the American South. The dissertation made a comparison between black heterosexual women and black queer women to explore whether their health challenges result from their social, political, and economic experiences. The research further examined how the daily experiences of these black women impact their health. This dissertation found that the daily lives of black heterosexual and black queer women associated with their social, economic, and political ...


Too Terrible To Relate: Dynamic Trauma In The Novels Of Toni Morrison, Corey Stayton May 2017

Too Terrible To Relate: Dynamic Trauma In The Novels Of Toni Morrison, Corey Stayton

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines trauma, particularly in the thematic contexts of the individual and the community as reflected in her novels Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved. By utilizing the specific theoretical modes of new historicism and trauma theory, the veil of double consciousness imposed on African Americans is explicated and exposes various forms of trauma in the individual and the community. The unspoken atrocities experienced as a result of slavery, Jim Crow, and physical and sexual violence in many of Morrison’s novels, suggest the common thread of trauma. The particular traumas depicted in Morrison’s novels Sula, Song of ...


A Rainbow In The Clouds: Planting Spiritual Reconciliation In Mama’S Southern Garden, Chyna Y. Hill Dec 2016

A Rainbow In The Clouds: Planting Spiritual Reconciliation In Mama’S Southern Garden, Chyna Y. Hill

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

Through a content analysis of the maternal relationships in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers Gardens, the author evaluates how southern black women writers construct black motherhood. This study is based on the premise that Eurocentric paradigms of motherhood confine black mothers to controlling images that continue to criminalize, distort, and devalue black motherhood. The researcher finds that the institution of black motherhood exists independently of Eurocentric paradigms. The conclusions drawn from these findings suggest that black women writers construct motherhood in terms of Womanist leadership. In ...


The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon Jul 2015

The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This dissertation examines a need for black theology and its impact on social activism in the theological community in the United States. Black theology is a necessary component in the work of a theologian. In this research, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.'s social activism is examined within the context of black theology. Based on this study, black theology provides a theological framework for theologians to follow to become social agents in their community.

In the 1960s, a group of radical, African-American clergy interpreted Christianity from the black American struggle perspective as it relates to freedom in America. Black theology includes ...


Bricks In Our Bags: Examining Hypertension In African-American Women Through An African-Centered Perspective, Letitia Presley-Cantrell May 2006

Bricks In Our Bags: Examining Hypertension In African-American Women Through An African-Centered Perspective, Letitia Presley-Cantrell

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines the association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension (high blood pressure).

An analysis was performed using data from the National Survey of Black Americans to determine the association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension. Data analysis consisted of univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. An analysis of the data revealed that characteristics of Africana Womanism serve as a protective factor for hypertension in African-American women. The association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension when adjusting for age indicates that women with characteristics of Africana Womanism were 0.56 times ...


Speaking The Invisible : Africana Women, Black Identity, And Alienation In The Works Of Nella Larsen And Tsitsi Dangarembga, Regina L. Bryant Dec 2003

Speaking The Invisible : Africana Women, Black Identity, And Alienation In The Works Of Nella Larsen And Tsitsi Dangarembga, Regina L. Bryant

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines black identity and alienation Nella Larsen's and Tsitsi Dangarembgal’s Passing and Nervous Conditions. The novels demonstrate the authors' interpretation of the conditions within their respective societies of the impact of slavery and colonization on Africana women. As a springboard in the development of these issues, Frantz Fanon's seminal works Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth and the DuBoisian notion of double consciousness were used in analyzing the attitudes and behaviors of the oppressed and oppressor of Africana women. This study was based on the premise that wherever black people are ...


Deconstruction Of Stereotypical Images And Mediated Messages In African-American Sitcoms, Shenetha L. Wilburn May 2002

Deconstruction Of Stereotypical Images And Mediated Messages In African-American Sitcoms, Shenetha L. Wilburn

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines the images of African Americans in black-themed sitcoms and mediated messages presented here. The study was based on the premise that the images of African Americans on television sitcoms are one dimensional and comedic. A content analysis approach was used to analyze various television sitcoms. Definitions were used to determine what type of image existed using the foundation provided by Donald Bogle and Stewart Hall. The researcher found that although many of the African-American-themed sitcoms investigated represented traditional stereotypical images, there were mediated messages in these sitcoms, which offered a new and different perspective on African Americans ...


Comparative Study Of Breast Cancer In The United States, India, And South Africa: 1996- Present, Ranga Rao Sunkara Dec 2001

Comparative Study Of Breast Cancer In The United States, India, And South Africa: 1996- Present, Ranga Rao Sunkara

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study identifies forces that prevent or contribute to women's participation in breast cancer screening and other breast cancer prevention activities. The study was based on the premise that women from the lower socioeconomic groups in India, South Africa, and the United States had a higher rate of breast cancer because they are diagnosed at the more advanced stages of the disease and do not engage in breast screening opportunities. Moreover, there is limited access to services and transportation, and there is little faith in the professional health care provider and the treatment received from the health care provider ...


The Impact Of Structural Adjustment Policies On Maternal Mortality And Morbidity: A Case Study Of Kenya, Njoki M. Randall May 2001

The Impact Of Structural Adjustment Policies On Maternal Mortality And Morbidity: A Case Study Of Kenya, Njoki M. Randall

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines the conflicting and differing political-economic crisis facing Kenya over time in an effort to explain people’s health and, especially women’s health in the areas of maternal mortality and morbidity. In that respect, this study has particularly assessed structural adjustment policies instituted by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order to determine how they might have exacerbated the health conditions of women in Kenya.

Since maternal mortality and morbidity in Kenya have escalated under structural adjustment policies, this study used two methodological approaches to assess the health situation: (1) the historical-comparative approach ...