Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making

Hardcover | April 23, 2014

byNadia Brown

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Theories of descriptive representation among female legislators consistently document the ways in which women are marginalized in office. However, they tend to treat identity as constant over time and context and so fail to account for the substantive work of legislators. Sisters in theStatehouse looks at the situation from a different angle, taking an in-depth look at African American female state legislators to examine the impact of race and gender on Black women's political experiences, policy preferences, and legislative influence. Brown links personal narratives to the political behavior of her interview subjects to understand how their experiences with racism and sexism have influenced their legislative decision-making and policy preferences. As such, this is the first study that empirically examines how difference isrecognized and put into practice among Black women legislators. Brown demonstrates that identity influences political decision making in ways that distinguish the work of Black women from that of other state legislators. Sisters in the Statehouse is a groundbreaking inquiry into how anintersectional approach can enhance our understanding of political representation.

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Theories of descriptive representation among female legislators consistently document the ways in which women are marginalized in office. However, they tend to treat identity as constant over time and context and so fail to account for the substantive work of legislators. Sisters in theStatehouse looks at the situation from a different...

Nadia Brown is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199352437

ISBN - 13:9780199352432

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Formative Experiences3. Black Women's Representation4. Legislation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence5. Representation for Whom?6. Caregiving as a Race-Gendered Issue7. ConclusionAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex