Gifting resilience
Author(s): Linda Jean Hall
Subject(s): Ethnic studies
ISBN 9781915271570
 Published Date
  Pages 286





How does fear – deep, ongoing, systemic fear – impact on Black lives?

Through reflections on her own life, anthropologist Dr Linda Jean Hall PhD draws on traditions of African storytelling to explore the question of how systemic fear affects the twentieth- and twenty-first-century Afro American experience. By using the framing of pandemic waves – a concept all too familiar in the wake of COVID-19 – Hall employs a personal lens to parse out the implications of different “waves of fear" through impactful stages of her life, allowing readers to examine the shifting relationships that define Blackness and survival.

Gifting resilience: A pandemic study of Black female resistance is ideal reading for students of Black studies, African American studies, and related courses, as well as for students of feminist and womanist studies, gender studies, cultural studies, history, sociology and anthropology. Unflinchingly honest, this book gives a human face to viewpoints and ideas that originate deep within the complex and diverse African Diasporic lived experience.

Learning objectives
Part IThe germinal moment—​speaking
from uncertainty
Chapter 1Writing incentives and logic
Chapter 2A marriage and escape
Chapter 3Walking in the shadows
Part IIKnoxville’s HBCU
Chapter 4An unwelcoming precursor
Chapter 5Afro American?
Chapter 6White supremacy and Black power
Chapter 7American dreams and nightmares
Chapter 8Familial ties and male companions
Chapter 9Social climbing to the bottom
Chapter 10Marginalization in Knoxville
Chapter 11Employment success and love’s reality
Chapter 12The secrets of Vietnam
Part IIILow man on the totem pole
Chapter 131970s underemployment opportunities
xChapter 14Marijuana and the social welfare system
Chapter 15Speaking truth to power
Part IVAlone
Chapter 16A hollow marriage
Chapter 17Tennis and the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Part VThe Big Blue nightmare
Chapter 18Precariousness and professional dreams
Part VIFailure and being “the best”
Chapter 19Gender, race, and bullying
Chapter 20Dismissal and retribution
Chapter 21Parental demands and divorced Black
Chapter 22Guilt, marriage, and success
Chapter 23Avoiding hate while failing miserably
Part VIICalifornia here I come
Chapter 24Golden State ambitions and insecurities
Chapter 25Compassion and friendship networks
Chapter 26Opportunities requiring closure
Part VIIIDeath and degrees
Chapter 27Inevitable mortality and project completion
xiPart IXMaster’s nightmares and doctoral dreams
Chapter 28Academic achievement from a historically 
marginalized perspective
Chapter 29Parental heartache overshadows success
Chapter 30Conclusion
Suggested discussion topics
Further reading
Dr Linda Jean Hall PhD is an author, anthropologist, and teacher. She lectures at the University of California, Riverside, in the Department of Global Studies & Ethnic Studies.
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