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The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City
by Alexis S. McCurn
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8135-8505-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9805-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-8506-2
Library of Congress Classification E185.86.M3938 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 005.48896073

Few scholars have explored the collective experiences of women living in the inner city and the innovative strategies they develop to navigate daily life in this setting. The Grind illustrates the lived experiences of poor African American women and the creative strategies they develop to manage these events and survive in a community commonly exposed to violence.
Alexis S. McCurn draws on nearly two years of naturalistic field research among adolescents and adults in Oakland, California to provide an ethnographic account of how black women accomplish the routine tasks necessary for basic survival in poor inner-city neighborhoods and how the intersections of race, gender, and class shape how black women interact with others in public. This book makes the case that the daily consequences of racialized poverty in the lives of African Americans cannot be fully understood without accounting for the personal and collective experiences of poor black women. 
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