Sister style : the politics of appearance for Black women political elites / Nadia E. Brown and Danielle Casarez Lemi.

Brown, Nadia E. [Browse]
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
xiv, 215 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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"In The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites we situate Black women's bodies, specifically their hair texture and skin tone to argue that phenotypic differences among Black women politicians directly impact for how they experience political office and how Black voters evaluate them. We bring together an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and blended epistemological approach of positivism and interpretivism to ask whether African American women's appearances provide a more nuanced lens through which to study how their raced/gendered identities impact their candidacies and shape their political behavior.This book takes a deep dive into intersectional theory-building, in which we examine the intra-categorical differences among Black women. We find that Black women vary in their political experiences due to their appearances and that dominant, Eurocentric, beauty standards influence the electoral chances of Black women. Skin tone and hair texture, along with the historical legacies that have shaped the current cultural and political contexts, dictate Black women elites' political experiences and voter evaluations of them"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Afro-textured hair and the CROWN Act
  • What black women political elites look like matters
  • Candid conversations, black women political elites, & appearances
  • Sisterly discussions on black women candidates
  • Is there a black woman candidate prototype?
  • Voter responses to black women candidates
  • Linked fate, black voters, and black women candidates
  • Conclusion.
Other title(s)
Politics of appearance for black women political elites
  • 9780197540572 (hardcover)
  • 0197540570 (hardcover)
  • 9780197540589 (paperback)
  • 0197540589 (paperback)
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