This volume utilizes the cross-cultural, historical and ethnographic perspective of anthropology to illuminate the intrinsic connections of race, class and gender. The author begins by discussing the manner in which her experience as a participant observer led her to research and write about various aspects of African-American women's experiences. She goes on to provide a critical analysis of the new scholarship on African-American women, and explores issues of race, class and gender in the arenas of work, kinship and resistance.

chapter |12 pages


part 1|56 pages

Women, Work, and Community

chapter |5 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Uneven Development

Class, Race, and Gender in the United States Before 1900

part 2|36 pages

Kin and Family

chapter |6 pages


Perspectives on the American Family

chapter 5|18 pages

Households Headed by Women

The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender

part 3|89 pages

Representation, Resistance, and Transformation

chapter |2 pages


chapter 9|8 pages

Race, Inequality, and Transformation

Building on the Work of Eleanor Leacock

chapter 10|5 pages

Reclaiming Culture

The Dialectics of Identity