Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Sister Citizen Shame Stereotypes and Black Women in America Jezebel s sexual lasciviousness Mammy s devotion and Sapphire s outspoken anger these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life Hurtful and d

  • Title: Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
  • Author: Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  • ISBN: 9780300165418
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jezebel s sexual lasciviousness, Mammy s devotion, and Sapphire s outspoken anger these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens Many respond by assuJezebel s sexual lasciviousness, Mammy s devotion, and Sapphire s outspoken anger these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V Harris Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand deeply black women s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images Not a traditional political science work concerned with office seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing Harris Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

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    1. Melissa V. Harris-Perry

      Melissa V Harris Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.Harris Perry is author of the eagerly anticipated new book, Sister Citizen Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Yale 2011 which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women profoundly shape black women s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W E B Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.Professor Harris Perry is a columnist for The Nation magazine, where she writes a monthly column also titled Sister Citizen and contributes to the group blog The Notion She is a contributor to MSNBC She regularly provides expert commentary on U.S elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns for both The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O Donnell Harris Perry appears as a bi weekly guest in her own segment titled Sound Off during the 11AM MSNBC dayside show with Thomas Roberts She is a regular commentator for many print and radio sources in the U.S and abroad.Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges Her work is published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.Professor Harris Perry s creative and dynamic teaching is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time Professor Harris Perry has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.She travels extensively speaking to colleges, organizations and businesses in the United States and abroad In 2009 Professor Harris Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University Also in 2009 she delivered the prestigious Ware Lecture, becoming the youngest woman to ever do so.Professor Harris Perry received her B.A in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School And she studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York She lives in New Orleans with her husband, James Perry, and is the mother of a terrific daughter, Parker.

    394 thoughts on “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America”

    1. Melissa Harris-Perry pulls no punches with her insightful and scathing indictment of the institutions and the damaging myths about black womanhood that keep them from fully realizing their citizenship and their identity. She explores the genesis of such stereotypes as the promiscuous Jezebel, the self-sacrificing Mammy (once again made popular with the inexplicable success of The Help) and the emasculating Sapphire. The book is filled with anecdotes, but it's also backed with meticulous research [...]


    2. This is one of the best books on a sociology science that I’ve read in a long time. As a former professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, Melissa Harris Perry has written a thoughtful and insightful book about stereotypes and societal shaming, and she has backed up her assertions with tons of data. I wish all books were this well researched. Harris-Perry starts out by saying that being a black woman in the United States is like trying to stand up straight in [...]


    3. Compelling and well-researched, Harris-Perry sets it all out in Sister Citizen. She covers a lot of ground here, and there's a strong case for a second edition since its publish date of 2011. The last 6 years have provided a lot of data and cases to bolster her message in this book.Opening with a passage and analysis of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, she draws the parallels between the fiction events and the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina 70+ years later. The beginning of the book [...]


    4. Loved it and am going to buy it (the copy I read was via the public library)Skillfully weaves a narrative about the 3 major stereotypes of black women: Sapphire, Jezebel, and Mammy; and the ways that they still impact the way black women view themselves and are viewed/portrayed by others. Most impactful/resonant to me were the parts on shame and the strong black women, building on what I'd read in When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down and Shifting: The Double Li [...]


    5. Having written a several-paragraph review of "Sister Citizen" before running out of battery and seeing it completely erased, I will attempt to rehash it with slightly more brevity. In her book, Melissa Harris-Perry covers roughly four major topics: the three traditional stereotypes faced by black American women (the promiscuous "Jezebel," the angry "Sapphire," and the nurturing "Mammy"), the more superficially positive stereotype created in response to this of the strong black woman and why it c [...]


    6. I love the analogy that undergirds this book, "trying to stand up straight in a crooked room." Ms. Harris-Perry does a remarkable job of explaining this challenge that is often mis-diagnosed by all. She provides history mixed with present day situations that make hers analysis clear and insightful. The discussion of myths and stereotypes and the effects of them on Black women is instructional. I hope that not only Black women embrace this book, but my fellow Black men do so as well. There is no [...]


    7. What I really like about this book, besides the fact that Harris-Perry is one of the most honest authors I have ever read, is the fact that it is about women and politics, and not about women and media. However, the most distrubing section (and most powerful in some cases) is the brief paragraphs were Harri-Perry mentions a desire by a certain group to errect a Mammy monument on the National Mall, right near the Lincoln Memorial.It is a very powerful book, though at times very analytical. Yet, c [...]


    8. I picked up Sister Citizen because I am interested from a legal perspective in the implications that stereotyping of African American women has in the workplace. The book more than rewarded my interest.The book is a pastiche of literary excerpts, critical essays, news analysis, focus group reporting, and statistical surveys that covers everything from the writings of Zora Neale Hurston and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the success of Michelle Obama and the shaming of Shirley Sherrod. In [...]


    9. I found "Sister Citizen" to be the most comprehensive book I have read regarding the stereotypes plaguing black women. The book is clear and concise. This has helped me to better understand myself as a black woman and how I fit in our country. I felt validated about a lot of personal experiences. Ms. Harris-Perry proves again that she is one of America's most incredible political minds. I appreciate how she is using peer-reviewed sources, empirical data,and recent events to tie her themes togeth [...]


    10. The crux of Harris-Perry's argument is that the prevailing stereotypes of black women profoundly affect the ways that black women are seen by America, but also the ways that they see themselves. This misrepresentation shapes and often limits black women's participation as American citizens. While scholars may find some of the ground covered here to be a bit familiar, "Sister Citizen" is written for the benefit of all Americans - sister citizens, brother citizens and anyone else who cares about t [...]


    11. This is one of those books that I am truly glad I read, because it has taught me valuable things that I feel that I should know as a feminist interested in social justice. Harris-Perry writes convincingly of the stereotypes that shape African Americans womens' lives, personally and politically: the oversexed Jezebel, the caretaker Mammy, the Strong Black Women. Her arguments consist of the ways in which those stereotypes determine behavior (going out of one's way to behave in a way that refutes [...]


    12. This is a powerful, thorough account of what it means to be an African American woman in the US, both historically and in the present. The intersectionality embodied by women of color is an important and poignant viewpoint from which to see our culture, society, and political landscape. Melissa Harris-Perry does a wonderful job of making this viewpoint clear and accessible, and shows us how it feels to live in the mind, body and soul of a black woman in the US - the struggle for recognition as a [...]


    13. I found the chapter on Shame helpful in creating a framework for analyzing the implications of public vs. private hegemony.


    14. Any black woman not awaken politically to the American society and how black women must navigate it, then the words, statistics, and examples used by Harris to explain the crook room (destructive, inhibiting stereotypes) that black women live in America will go over your head. I love how Harris base black women's politics around the crooked room theory, and have to find ourselves in this room misaligned with the stereotype of Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire and the "strong black woman." Two passages fr [...]


    15. Melissa Harris-Perry is a political commentator for MSNBC, hosting her own round table show, writes columns for The National, is an author of two works of gender and race, and is a professor of political science at Tulane University. In the past year she has been a guest on The Colbert Report and has been in the spotlight for an unfortunate comment that was made on-air about Mitt Romney's family and her subsequent apology.As she is a very honest and direct commentator, her persona on her show on [...]


    16. Melissa Harris-Perry’s latest book, Sister Citizen, takes a look at the traditional stereotypes that have affected Black women throughout history: the oversexed and oversexualized Jezebel; the asexual, loyal and nurturing Mammy; and the matriarchal Sapphire (the Angry Black Woman). It describes the origin of each of these stereotypes and the ways in which these stereotypes have affected Black women not only in their personal lives, but also in their political lives. Harris-Perry uses statistic [...]


    17. There are a bunch of excellent reviews on this book on . Check them out. This book is excellent reading for anyone with a desire to understand the intersection of race and gender as it applies to black women in the US. It covers three stereotypes: Jezebel, Mammy, Sapphire, and how they result in tropes that support the systemic oppression of African American women. The section titled God provides some interesting analyses on the differences in how black women see God and the church compared to o [...]


    18. I have three words to sum up this book:ALL OF THIS!!Prof. Harris-Perry succeeds in delving deeply and often painfully into the many trials and tribulations that black women endure and how it affects us all on the macrocosmic level. What makes this work poignant is Prof. Harris-Perry's use of empirical and anecdotal evidence, mixing the old oral customs with 21st century evidence gathering, to paint a larger picture on how trapped black American women are in terms of race, gender, class and abili [...]


    19. I found this book interesting and informative - it examines the stereotypes of black woman in the USA - she identifies three main ones -- which she calls Sapphire (the angry matriarch), Mammy (asexual nurturer) and Jezebel (oversexed)and the author shows how difficult it is to break free from the stereotypes. I took my time with this book, as I had to consider the main points. On reflection i could see how these "roles" played out with the people around me and those in the public eye.It certainl [...]


    20. Melissa Harris-Perry's analysis of the relationship betweens racist and gendered stereotypes on the political participation and experience of citizenship for African American women is detailed, nuanced, and compelling. A fine addition to the body of literature on shame and its effects in contemporary society, now we need a next actions, counteracting the shame manual for liberation. Harris-Perry grants the reader glimpses of how we might change this experience and truly recognize one another wit [...]


    21. This is a must read for all women and men. A surprising, informative and extraordinary trace of the history and often tragic social view of African-American women. Melissa Harris-Perry provides a wonderful script confirming the amazing strength and unquestionable beauty of African-American women despite stereotypes, narrow minded historical assumptions and inaccurate media driven images.


    22. Not a light read - Melissa Harris-Perry is obviously very intelligent and she has done her research. (And some of the experiments and surveys were conducted by her.) That being said, if you can spend a little time with it, this book is fairly accessible. She gives a compelling argument: "It is African American women, surviving at the nexus of racialized, gendered, and classed dis-privilege, who mark the progress of the nation."This book is about exploring the myths of African American women, as [...]


    23. I only recently learned that the feminism I have always subscribed to is actually White Feminism. I hadn't heard the phrase Intersectional Feminism until only a year or two ago. This book doesn't use that phrase, but it has given me so much more vocabulary and background information towards understanding that black women are fighting a battle with an almost entirely different (and more sinister) set of obstacles besides the struggle for equal pay and affordable childcare and adequate women's hea [...]


    24. Melissa Harris-Perry's exploration of how black women are impacted emotionally and politically by the stereotypes--both negative and positive--surrounding them is recommended reading for everyone.It feels like black women live with the Miranda warnings permanently hanging over their heads in all situations: 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you' Perceptions about African American women don't often correspond to their realities. Harris-Perry liken [...]


    25. The last quarter of this book kicks it from four to five stars. This is a thorough look at black women in American politics, but not in the traditional sense. This is more a look at how all the things that go into being a black woman inform how they think and act politically. Even that is an over simplification of what the book sets out to do. The book is well researched and well documented. That's a plus. I feel like the last part of the book really brought together all the little pieces. The f [...]


    26. A moving, beautifully written, carefully argued, far-ranging examination of the stereotypes that shape and constrict the lives of Black American women. I loved the particular mix of examples Harris-Perry chose to build her arguments, from literature to journalism to historical events to focus groups. I felt guided through some very tough territory by this thoughtful author. She gave me confidence to expand my thinking and to recognize the ways cultural stereotypes have misshaped my beliefs. Some [...]


    27. Sister Citizen is a book that calls a thing by its proper name and makes it real!Melissa Harris-Perry did a very nice job of using fictional characters to deal with the subject of Black women's oppression within the American society.I found myself waving my hand and nodding my head in agreement over the issues that are pointed out in this work.Even though the body of work is supported by research results, I found the overall book to be a good read. Harris-Perry's writing style has a nice flow of [...]


    28. "African American women face specific, damaging, and deeply embedded race and gender stereotypes that make it difficult for them to enjoy accurate recognition in the public sphere. The crooked room created by these stereotypes has psychological consequences for individuals and social and political consequences for black women as a group. The strong black woman ideal is an attempt to straighten these crooked images. But even though the strong black woman is a more positive image than Jezebel, Mam [...]


    29. Great analysis and relevant/helpful depictions of all the stereotypes mentioned and their real-life political and social implications. Towards the end, however, MHP starts to throw in all of her perhaps newfound analysis about black female church life and the implications of Michelle Obama and this feels a lot less deliberate, substantiated, and well-developed than her earlier chapters do. Still great, and highly recommended by yours truly. P.s. Can be borrowed as an audiobook on Hoopla, for tho [...]


    30. An excellent, compelling analysis. Harris-Perry's look at the burden of stereotypes and how pervasively they infect the lives of American women of color is brilliant and powerful. She does a great job of keeping her text readable and engaging, while documenting everything extensively in the endnotes. I really appreciated the balance she strikes. I particularly enjoyed the way she weaves in extensive literary selections to underscore her points.


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