Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America


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Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back.

With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060090555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 289,391
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Charisse Jones is a national correspondent for USA Today. A former staff writer for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, she has been a commentator for National Public Radio and is a contributing writer for Essence magazine.

Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Los Angeles.

What People are Saying About This

Gwen Ifill

“ I read Shifting... I wanted to rip out chapters and send them to nearly everyone I know.”

Mary Pipher

“Jones and Shorter-Gooden are wise, warm and candid, breaking new ground.... An important and powerful book for us all.

William Pollack

“Meaningful and poignant...this well researched and beautifully written book is a must read.”

Bebe Moore Campbell

“Always moving, at times haunting, and often inspirational, Shifting provides a richly textured look at the lives of Black women.”

Harriet Lerner

“A deeply moving, intimate and important book about the emotional costs for Black women in white America.”

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Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was completing a Masters/Internship. I was the only black student in a program for a career field with a limited number of blacks.This book proved to be a great read and lesson. It helped me to better cope with the professional environment and situations that I encountered while working. I realized that I wasn't crazy. Things that I thought were happening, really were. I have recommended this book to other professional black women and they too expressed delight in being so thoroughly understood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is it! This is what I have done my entire life but I called it 'doing what I gotta do,period'. It's just what we do and feel as Black women. Thank you so much for putting things in black & white. I'm going to share this book with all my friends & family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These ladies came to my job for a lecture, but I couldn't attend. I picked up this book over the weekend and just about every situation has brought back reminders of similiar events. Reading this book has made me realize that I am not alone in my experiences. I am so glad that they wrote this and look forward to reading the remainder of the book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me by my mentor. I'm only half way through it, and have decided to order 5 more for my girlfriends, this will be their Christmas/Birthday presents this year. So on point on so many things, I had to put it down just to digest some of what I read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is just wonderful. The authors did an excellent job of research and articulating the duplicity of black women's lives. Shifting puts into words what I already knew what was true. The book is an affirmation to the lives of many black women. I plan on sharing this book with others.
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