Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Critical Consciousness Development of Black Women Activists: A Qualitative Examination
by Turner-Essel, Laura, Ph.D., The University of Akron, 2013, 155; 10631300
Abstract (Summary)

Critical consciousness is important in that it helps oppressed people to broaden their analysis of personal problems, recognize the historical and political contexts in which those problems have developed, and thus occupy a better position from which to engage in actions which will address the root causes of oppression at a structural level. This study explored the process of critical consciousness development among a sample of U.S. Black women involved in social justice work. The study elicited the women's perceptions of the conditions, influences, and processes that contributed to their conscientization. Such findings afford new insights into Black women’s resistance to multiple oppressions and contribute to a psychology of Black women that is rooted in their authentic experiences and worldviews. This study employed an interpretative phenomenological methodology and was based on observations and interviews with a purposefully selected sample of Black women within the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Speight, Suzette
Commitee: Bhati, Kuldhir, Queener, John, Rousseau, Nicole, Spickard Prettyman, Sandra
School: The University of Akron
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Activism, Activists, Black women, Critical consciousness, Development, Social justice
Publication Number: 10631300
ISBN: 978-0-355-01561-4
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