Negotiations of race, class, and gender among Afro-Latina women immigrants to the southern United States

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Krishauna Hines-Gaither (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Leila Villaverde

Abstract: This qualitative study uses narrative inquiry to investigate the lived experiences of Afro-Latina women immigrants to the southern United States. Through Critical Race Theory and Black Transnational Feminist Theory the researcher explores how Afro-Latina women negotiate the dynamics of race, class, and gender in their home countries and in the United States. The researcher collected the counternarratives of eight Afro-Latina women from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Panamá. The researcher conducted individual and group interviews as well as field observations. Using the words of the participants, the results of this study reveal five significant negotiations of race, class, and gender: Negotiations of Immigration and Class: "I did it for my family; Negotiations of Racism: "[T]here is a lot of racism here."; Negotiations of Race and Identity: Nationality First: "I am not Mexican or African-American!"; Negotiations of Gender: `Women are now in all spheres.'; and Negotiations of Beauty: `Pretty is having long straight hair.'

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Language: English
Date: 2015
African-American, Afro-Hispanic, Afro-Latina, Afro-Latino, Black women, Race, Class, Gender
Hispanic American women $z Southern States $x Social conditions
Women immigrants $z Southern States $x Social conditions
Latin Americans $z Southern States $x Social conditions
Southern States $x Emigration and immigration
Southern States $x Race relations

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