The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City

The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City

by Alexis S. McCurn

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Few scholars have explored the collective experiences of women living in the inner city and the innovative strategies they develop to navigate daily life in this setting. The Grind illustrates the lived experiences of poor African American women and the creative strategies they develop to manage these events and survive in a community commonly exposed to violence.
Alexis S. McCurn draws on nearly two years of naturalistic field research among adolescents and adults in Oakland, California to provide an ethnographic account of how black women accomplish the routine tasks necessary for basic survival in poor inner-city neighborhoods and how the intersections of race, gender, and class shape how black women interact with others in public. This book makes the case that the daily consequences of racialized poverty in the lives of African Americans cannot be fully understood without accounting for the personal and collective experiences of poor black women. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813585079
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 341,111
File size: 746 KB

About the Author

ALEXIS S. McCURN is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Table of Contents

Title Page Copyright Dedication Contents Introduction������������������� 1. “Grinding”: Living and Working in East Oakland 2. “It Happens All the Time”: Day-to-Day Experiences with Microinteractional Assaults 3. “I Am Not a Prostitute”: How Young Black Women Challenge Sexual Harassment on the Street 4. “Keeping It Fresh”: Self-Representation and Challenging Controlling Images in the Inner City Conclusion����������������� Appendix: Field Research Methods in Urban Public Space Acknowledgments Notes References����������������� Index������������ About the Author

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