Black women, cultural images, and social policy by Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

By Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

Black girls, Cultural photos and Social coverage deals a severe research of the policy-making method. Jordan-Zachery demonstrates how social meanings surrounding the discourses on crime, welfare and family members regulations produce and reproduce discursive practices that continue gender and racial hierarchies. utilizing serious discourse research (CDA), she analyzes the values and ideologies ensconced within the quite a few photos of black womanhood and their impression on coverage formation. This booklet offers extraordinary perception into the racing-gendering technique of coverage making to teach how family of energy and kinds of inequality are discursively built and impact the lives of African American girls.

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Interpretive analysis is simultaneously an iterative and inductive process of decontextualization and recontextualization (Ayres, Kavanaugh and Knafl 2003; Morse and Field 1995). The process of decontextualization involves separating data from the original context of individual cases, which in this case consists of policy frames used by policy makers, and assigning codes to units of meaning in the texts. Recontextualization fi rst involves examining the codes for patterns and then organizing and reducing the data around central themes and relationships drawn across all texts.

In modern times, its meaning has been co-opted by a symbol used to tell stories of women who refuse to work, but who dine on steak and stay home watching television all day long (see Fraser and Gordon 1994; Gilliam 1999). The utilization of the symbolic construction of black womanhood is not a simple process. Utilizing De Lauretis’s review of sign theories we can see that encapsulated in the Mammy image, for example, are two objects⎯referent, the thing to which the symbol refers⎯a direct object and an indirect object (1987).

The key was to determine and explicate common thematic properties (see Benoit, et al. 2002). Given my use of archival materials, I could not check with the users of the discourse to determine what they intended the discourse to mean. But, the question or the key issue, rather, does not turn on subjective intent. The function of this discourse is central. To be sure, there are some who specifically or consciously invoke these codes, but it also happens unconsciously, meaning it is part of their taken-for-granted knowledge of everyday life— their worldview.

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