The Politics of Black Women’s Health in the UK: Intersections of “Race,” Class, and Gender in Policy, Practice, and Research

Douglas, Jenny (2018). The Politics of Black Women’s Health in the UK: Intersections of “Race,” Class, and Gender in Policy, Practice, and Research. In: Jordan-Zachery, Julia S. and Alexander-Floyd, Nikol G. eds. Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice. SUNY series in African American Studies/SUNY series in New Political Science. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, pp. 49–68.

Abstract

In presenting an overview of black Caribbean women’s health and well-being in the United Kingdom, this chapter argues that the racialized, gendered, and classed experience of black women is detrimental to their health andthat they face inequalities through discrimination in education, employment, housing, health care, and social care services, which has a major impact on their health and life course. There is now a large and growing body of data on racism and discrimination in employment. In research conducted by Karlsen and Nazroo (2002), 25 percent of ethnic minority people said that they were fearful of racial harassment, and 20 percent of ethnic minority people felt that they had been refused a job for racial reasons. Fear of racial harassment and fear of discrimination have an impact on black women’s psychological and emotional well-being.

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