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PRC Brown Bag: Christy Erving from Vanderbilt University

Christy Erving from Vanderbilt University will present "Intersectionality, Stress Theory, and Black Women's Health."

Fri, February 28, 2020 | RLP 1.302E

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PRC Brown Bag: Christy Erving from Vanderbilt University

Christy Erving from Vanderbilt University will present "Intersectionality, Stress Theory, and Black Women's Health" as part our 2020 spring Brown Bag series. 

Guided by the intersectionality framework and stress theory, the current study aims to provide a nuanced analysis of Black women’s health. In the large majority of U.S.-based research on Black women’s health, Black women are studied monolithically. In other words, much of this insightful, but limited, work depicts Black women as U.S.-born, identifying as African American, and with limited economic resources. However, as opposed to assuming similar experiences of Black women, this study examines intra-group variation among Black women, focusing specifically on ethnicity, nativity, and socioeconomic as three additional social statuses associated with varying forms of (dis)advantage. Compared to the “big three” statuses often compared in intersectional health research (i.e., race, class, and gender), this presentation will focus on other stratifying systems that may undermine or promote health among an already multiply-oppressed group. Findings from this work underscores that Black women, despite shared gendered and racialized oppression, are not a monolith, varying along other dimensions of stratification. Furthermore, the study engages how differential stress exposure might contribute to status differences in health among Black women.

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