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Racial Identity and Body Image

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCY 1089
Professor
Sharlene Hesse- Biber
Semester
Fall

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SC089.01 (09.26.2013) Racial Identity and Body Image (continued) (Slides from 09.18.2013) Black Ideals of Beauty  ­Voluptuous, big chest, big butt, full­figured—the attitude about having a fuller figure is  different ­Hesse­Biber’s Research Goal: Explore lived experiences of African American females  regarding their transition to predominantly white colleges ­Specifically interested in lived contexts prior to college (family/community, peer  groups, transition) ­Theoretical Approach: Adopted definition of “self­concept” ­Self concept: An idea of who you are based on ­Contingencies of self­worth ­Identity (shaped by individual and collective experiences) ­Self esteem ­Corporate image (a “shared reality—“public face”) ­Data Analysis: 4 groups of women 1. Self­concept contingent on identification with white culture prior to coming to  college, more susceptible to self­esteem/body image issues 2. Identified with black culture before and during college, gender identity closely  associated with black pride/black beauty ideals 3. Floaters or outsiders: Identity floats between group 1 and group 2, if either  black or white identities are not validated, they experience self­esteem and body  image issues—there is the perception that they are “neither black enough nor  white enough” ­Become “code­switchers” 4. Bridge Builders: Self concept contingencies do not include race as a primary  definer, not aligned with one racial/cultural group ­This is as a result of lived experiences in highly diverse communities and  schools or of being mixed race ­Gender identity is less tied to beauty ideals of either white or  black culture *These differences may be explained by: Racial identity of family, ideologies, school  environment, neig
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