This book delves in to the truth about the American political system and the phenomenon of religious African American women voters, offering a new theory, racializing religiosity. This theory attempts to explain the increased progressive political action of religious African American women voters in United States presidential elections from 1964 through 2008. The author presents a historical, political, and empirical analysis of the experiences of African American women voters and their ability to overcome struggles to emerge as a powerful voting bloc.
Dr. Lisa Nikol Nealy is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clark-Atlanta University. She is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and scholarly journal articles. She has also authored web articles on religiosity, presidential elections, black reparations, jail suicides, African American women's voting behavior, interest group politics, and research methodology.
Chapter 1 African American Women Voters: Problem Statement; Theoretical Framework and Scope of Study; Probable Significance; Definition of Concepts Chapter 2 The Historical Development of Two Kinds of Dichotomous Racial Religiosities Between African Americans and White Americans: The Institution of Slavery; Two Racial Religiosities; Racialize Religiosity, Black Social Movements, and Black Political Consciousne Chapter 3 Decoding the American Political System: Still Approaching Democracy; Decoding the American Political System; The Relationship between the Central Research Questions and the Major Theoretic Hypotheses Chapter 4 Research Methodology: Triangulation Method; Description of Major Variables; Operational Definition of Variables; Instrument Design; The Focus Group Interview Guide; Selection Criteria of Focus Group Participants; Population Site; Research Design; Procedur Chapter 5 Major Findings: Focus Group Instrument Development; Site Selection; Participant Recruitment; Pre-Test Group (Pilot); Demographics; The Focus Group Discussion; Secondary Findings From National Opinion Research Center-General Social Survey Cumulative Data F Chapter 6 Results: Response to Research Questions and Hypotheses Chapter 7 Conclusions