Faculty Publications

Title

What we can learn of Resilience from older African-American women: Interviews with women who worked as maids in the deep South

Document Type

Article

Keywords

African-Americans, Domestic service, Older adults, Resilience, Segregation

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

410

Last Page

422

Abstract

Resilience theory is increasingly informed by an in-depth study of personal narratives and story telling by survivors of personal trauma and cultural hardship. From the perspective of risk and resilience theory, this study examines the personal narratives of three older African-American women who engaged in domestic service from childhood. Collectively, their autobiographical memories describe experiences coping with the forces of an oppressive social and economic system. Our analysis of these personable narratives reveals how these women not only endured the cruelties of segregation and racism but somehow prevailed over them. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

5-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/10911359.2011.561167

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