The book is set into three parts:-
•Part one- “women, work and community”
•Part two- “kin and family”
•Part three- “representation, resistance and transformation: Theory and practice in Politics and the Academy.
There is also a preface and an introduction which exactly explains the author’s purpose for writing the book and how she plans too complete the task.
“articles represent an attempt, within the context of the academy
and the academic endeavour, to illuminate the experiences of African American women and to theorize from the materiality of their lives to broader issues of political economy, family, representation and transformation” (Mullings, page xi)
“I tried to demonstrate how both the cross cultural literature and the history of African American women gave the lie to the nation that gender inequality can be attributed to biological differences” (Mullings, page xvii)
Mullings early chapters discuss the importance of considering the differences between races and gender and how this affects women within work, family and community.
One of Mullings findings in her book is the fact that African American Women as a whole have always worked, unlike a lot of their white counter parts. Mullings gives a lot of examples of why this phenomenon exists. For example, she tells us that during reconstruction if a African American Women did not work she was...