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.
|Commitee:||Bhati, Kuldhir, Queener, John, Rousseau, Nicole, Spickard Prettyman, Sandra|
|School:||The University of Akron|
|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|
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