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Re-Complicating Intersectionality Considering Differences in Language and Personality Type When Considering Strategies for African American Women's Career Development

Re-Complicating Intersectionality Considering Differences in Language and Personality Type When Considering Strategies for African American Women's Career Development
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Author(s): Chelesea Lewellen (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA), Jeremy W. Bohonos (SUNY Buffalo State College, USA), Eboni W. Henderson (SUNY Buffalo State College, USA) and Gliset Colón (SUNY Buffalo State College, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 26
Source title: Implementation Strategies for Improving Diversity in Organizations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claretha Hughes (University of Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4745-8.ch006

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to use mini case studies as a method to explore how diversity in race and gender can affect the work-lives and career trajectories of African American women, and to suggest individual and organizational strategies to facilitate career growth of individuals whose identities intersect with multiple forms of diversity. This chapter will begin with a discussion of Black feminist thought and then proceed to discussions of research regarding African American women in the American workforce, personality type differences and linguistic diversity, and then proceed to a mini case study-based discussion of how these various forms of difference can dynamically interact to form highly nuanced sets of obstacles for African America women and other protected class categories whose identities intersect with one or more intersectional identities. Finally, the authors conclude with a discussion of coping and resistance strategies to improve the career trajectories of African American women.

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