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Faith and Feminism: How African American Women From a Storefront Church Resist Oppression in Healthcare

Abrums, Mary PhD

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Abstract

It is well documented that racism in the US healthcare system, including the objectification and disparagement of women of color, contributes to disparities in health status. However, it is a mistaken notion to characterize women of color as unknowing victims. In this study, black feminist standpoint epistemology is used in methodological approach and analysis to understand how a small group of African American church-going women use religious beliefs to help them cope with and resist the racism and discriminatory objectification they encounter in healthcare encounters.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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