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Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites

Nadia E. Brown and Danielle Casarez Lemi

Abstract

Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites centers Black women’s bodies, specifically their hair texture and skin tone, to argue that phenotypic differences among Black women politicians directly impact how they experience political office and how Black voters evaluate them. The book brings together an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and blended epistemological approach of positivism and interpretivism to ask whether African American women’s appearances provide a more nuanced lens through which to study how their raced-gendered identities impact their candidacie ... More

Keywords: Black women, candidates, electoral politics, campaigns, hair, colorism, generational cohort, voter evaluations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197540572
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197540572.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadia E. Brown, author
University Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Purdue University

Danielle Casarez Lemi, author
Tower Center Fellow, Southern Methodist University