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Sisters in the StatehouseBlack Women and Legislative Decision Making$
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Nadia E. Brown

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199352432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199352432.001.0001

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Representation for Whom?

Representation for Whom?

(p.115) Chapter 5 Representation for Whom?
Sisters in the Statehouse

Nadia E. Brown

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 examines how Black women state legislators employ forms of Black political identity when representing their constituents, specifically when it comes to groups that are constructed as deserving and undeserving constituents. By exploring Black women’s stances on marriage equality legislation, which, this study contends, is a racialized issue for African Americans, this chapter demonstrates that the elected women have a nuanced view of Black political identity. As in the previous chapter, the chapter incorporates a generational analysis to show that the younger African American women state legislators are more progressive and push back against the tropes of Black culture that construct same-sex marriage as deviant.

Keywords:   marriage equality legislation, generational analysis, Black political identity

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