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Title:Englewood survival: Black mothers’ coping and resiliency
Author(s):Gates, Taylor-Imani Andelisa
Director of Research:Mendenhall, Ruby
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Brown, Ruth N; Mendenhall, Ruby
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Pak, Yoon; McKee, Malaika
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrsh
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Black Mothers, Coping, Resiliency, Resistance, Violence, Revolutionary Mothering
Abstract:This dissertation analyzes the lived experiences of 62 Black mothers living and surviving in Englewood, an impoverished neighborhood with high levels of violence on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. The interviews were analyzed using aspects of grounded theory and with the goal to learn more about how the mothers cope with everyday life, or the quotidian, in Englewood. Woven through this project, providing socio-historical context, is Black feminist thought that aims to bring to the center the complicated nature of being raced, sexed, living in poverty and mothering children. The ideological frame of this dissertation is invested in pushing back against mainstream discourses of Black women and mothering to offer a critique of the status quo and shed light on the beauty of the quotidian through mothering and coping strategies. The Black mothers in this project coped with stress through praying and connecting to a higher power which revealed how these mothers survived. Such coping mechanisms are deemed practices of active survival and revolutionary mothering.
Issue Date:2018-07-12
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101706
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Taylor-Imani Andelisa Gates
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-27
Date Deposited:2018-08


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