Title page for ETD etd-11162012-115803

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ghara, Alexandra
Author's Email Address aghara1@lsu.edu
URN etd-11162012-115803
Title Black-Woman Identity Centrality and Interference: An Examination of Political Efficacy and Policy Attitudes
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sullivan, Jas Committee Chair
Bratton, Kathleen Committee Member
Parent, Wayne Committee Member
  • identity interference
Date of Defense 2012-11-14
Availability unrestricted
While much of the recent literature centers on a discussion of the “inner conflict” experienced by black women, political scientists have not measured this identity conflict or its political consequences. In this article I fill this gap in the literature by employing a black-woman identity interference scale (Settles 2006) to test whether black women experience particular difficulty aligning their racial and gender interests, and how identity conflict affects their political efficacy (internal political efficacy, external political efficacy, and group political efficacy) and policy attitudes. I find that while black women’s political efficacy is only affect by their race consciousness, their race and gender-related policy attitudes are heavily affected by their black-woman identity and identity interference.
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