Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1995

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Hayward Derrick Horton

Abstract

One of the emerging issues in the sociological study of the black community is the phenomenon of black female leadership. The contribution of this dissertation to the discipline of sociology is to address the subject of black female leadership via the merging of three distinct bodies of literature: the sociology of leadership; black feminist thought; and black community development. Accordingly, this study has three components. In the first segment, the general literature on leadership is critiqued. The purpose of this segment is to articulate a need for a reconceptualization of leadership that is amenable to the analysis of the contemporary reality and experiences of black women. The second component explicates the culture of resistance and the history and nature of black women's leadership by examining their networks. This section demonstrates that even before the emancipation, black women played a critical role in providing for the needs and survival of the race. Finally, the last component elaborates on a community development model that highlights and advocates the significance, development, and promotion of black female leadership: the Black Organizational Autonomy (BOA) Model. The first sociological model of black community development, the BOA model is applied to a case study which demonstrates how black female leadership is essential to solving contemporary problems in black America. The study concludes with a discussion on the future of black female leadership.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-10001

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Beverlyn Lundy Allen

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9540870

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

139 pages

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