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Colonizing Images and Diagnostic Labels: Oppressive Mechanisms for African American Women's Health

Taylor, Janette Y. ARNP, PhD

Advances in Nursing Science: March 1999 - Volume 21 - Issue 3 - p 32-45
Societal Dimensions of Health

The purpose of this article is to present colonizing images of African American women and describe how colonizing images and diagnostic labels function together to serve as oppressive mechanisms for African American women's health.The mammy, the matriarch, the welfare mother, the Jezebel, and the Black lady overachiever are representational images of African American women that contribute to how they are viewed and treated within the health care arena.

College of Nursing The University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa

This article was supported by Women's Health Nursing Research Training Grant NINR T32NR07039, NRSA from NINR 5F31NR0718702, Nurses Educational Fund, Inc., Sigma Theta Tau, Psi Chapter-at-Large and hester McLaws Award, School of Nursing, Seattle, WA. The author acknowledges the assistance of Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, from the University of Iowa College of Nursing for her editorial contributions.

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