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The Habit of Surviving: Black Women's Strategies for Life Hardcover – April, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr; First Edition edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813516463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813516462
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,737,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this combination of oral history, biography, and autobiography, Scott chronicles the lives of five black women, including her own, as they struggle to achieve success and survive as women of color in America. In her interviews, Scott identifies the different survival modes or "habits" that black women pass down from generation to generation. As a source for increasing understanding of black women, this book belongs with Paula Giddings's When and Where I Enter ( LJ 5/1/84) and The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade (NAL, 1970). While not strictly history, Scott's book does, like Giddings's, contribute to a historical understanding of race, class, and gender. Unlike The Black Woman (stories, poems, and essays), the narratives in Scott's book are much more personal and very candid. Not only would this book be a good addition to black studies and women's studies collections, but its human interest stories would appeal to the general reader. Highly recommended.
- Angela Washing ton-Blair, Brookhaven Coll. Learning Resource Ctr., Dallas
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jersey City Sparks on June 30, 2013
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This is the second book I've ever read that gave an intimate view of how Black women think and feel about the world and the institutions in it. Although it covers 4 mid-20th century lives of Black women I don't believe the material is dated and here's why: The focus of the book is on each woman's perspective of men, family, education & career-issues every generation has been & will always be confronted with. Each woman was interviewed by the author using a system of questions that gives the reader access to each woman's family background,level of education, marital experience, thoughts about sex, and career ambitions. While the grammar at times was somewhat broken, the language was always clear and authentic. As a man, the book surprised, amused, entertained and, most importantly educated me on the most interesting creature walking the face of earth.
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