Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the Impact of Community and State Violence Among Black Women in Oakland
by Crain, Crystallee R., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013, 113; 3560739
Abstract (Summary)

Black people's denial of bondage and colonial domination set the tone and frame for much of contemporary resistance to community and state violence. Like then, as it is today many individuals and groups are focused on dismantling the aspects of the system that oppress them. In Oakland Black women are working amongst themselves and in coalitions to dismantle the prison industrial complex, community violence, and other manifestations of institutionalized oppression. These women show a deep commitment to reversing the legitimatized abuse of state power and high instances of community and state violence in Black urban lives.

Violence, like any other disease, has the potential to seep into the cracks of every community and in the lives of every individual that it touches. Like a virus, violence travels through the various arteries of a family network or city streets and finds one more person to potentially infect with disengagement, a lack of self worth and the perpetuation of violation that plagues the community. In Oakland, the roots of violence are tied to historical realities, social inequity and structural barriers to opportunity that have left low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately experiencing and witnessing high rates of violence.

Because of this Black women in Oakland are familiar to instances of high murder rates, mass incarceration and racial profiling. In a qualitative research project I (1) explore the impact of state and community violence in the lives of Black women in Oakland; (2) examine the potential social and political conditions that contribute to the perpetuation of these experiences and (3) provide recommendations for community and systems change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simons, Shoshana, Mountori, Alfonso
Commitee: Wilson, Bianca
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Inquiry
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Womens studies, Sociology
Keywords: Black women, Nonviolence, Oakland, Poetry, Resilience, Violence prevention
Publication Number: 3560739
ISBN: 978-1-303-07206-2
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