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NOTES OF A WHITE BLACK WOMAN : Race, Color, Community

Scales-Trent, Judy

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ISBN 10: 027101430X / ISBN 13: 9780271014302
Published by Pennsylvania State Univ Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1995
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Penn State Univ Press 1995 - First Edition - First Printing - INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the AUTHOR on half title page ("my best wishes to Jane Thomson" and dated 6-95) with Jane Thomson's name neatly written on ffep plus a note, laid in, signed by Jane Thomson on UC Davis Law School stationary lauding the merits of this book - 198 pages including Appendix, Notes, Acknowledgments and Permission Acknowledgments - DJ in CLEAR, ARCHIVAL BRODART COVER - NOT REMAINDER - not price clipped - NO WRITING - nearly flawless Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006332

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Title: NOTES OF A WHITE BLACK WOMAN : Race, Color, ...

Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition - First Printing.

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While the "one-drop rule" in the United States dictates that people with any African ancestry are black, many black Americans have white skin. Notes of a White Black Woman is one woman's attempt to describe what it is like to be a "white" black woman and to live simultaneously inside and outside of both white and black communities.

Law professor Judy Scales-Trent begins by describing how our racial purity laws have operated over the past four hundred years. Then, in a series of autobiographical essays, she addresses how race and color interact in relationships between men and women, within families, and in the larger community. Scales-Trent ultimately explores the question of what we really mean by "race" in this country, once it is clear that race is not a tangible reality as reflected through color.

Scales-Trent uses autobiography both as a way to describe these issues and to develop a theory of the social construction of race. She explores how race and color intertwine through black and white families and across generations; how members of both black and white communities work to control group membership; and what happens to relations between black men and women when the layer of color is placed over the already difficult layer of race. She addresses how one can tell--and whether one can tell--who, indeed, is "black" or "white." Scales-Trent also celebrates the richness of her bicultural heritage and shows how she has revised her teaching methods to provide her law students with a multicultural education.

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Judy Scales-Trent teaches at the SUNY-Buffalo School of Law.

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