What Don't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: African American Women and Suicide

1st Edition

Kamesha Spates

Published January 29, 2016
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781612050423 - CAT# Y223039
Series: New Critical Viewpoints on Society

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A close look at black women’s physical, mental, and social circumstances reveals harmful social disparities. Yet, for decades, black women’s suicide rates have remained virtually nonexistent compared to the rest of the American population, baffling social scientists. In this book, black women speak for themselves about their life struggles and their notions of suicide. Within a framework that explores racial and gender inequalities, Spates uses interviews to uncover reasons for the racial suicide paradox. Her analysis offers a deeper understanding of the positive life strategies, including family and faith, that underlie black women’s resilience.

-Provides insights into the impact of a variety of racial and gender inequalities
-Vivid use of qualitative approaches to shed light on a statistical paradox
-Highlights a positive image of black women and their resilience


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