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Neither black nor white enough – and beyond black or white: The lived experiences of african-american women at predominantly white colleges

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This research focus is particularly interested in the lived experiences of African-American women attending predominately white colleges. This research project provides a mixed-methods approach (Creswell and Plano-Clark 2006) to understanding the lived experience of African American females, especially with regard to issues of self esteem and racial identity, as well as ascertaining those factors within their pre-college and college environments that might make some women of color vulnerable to racial identity and self-esteem dilemmas in college. The lived experiences of each group will be examined in detail. Data was analysed using a qualitatively 'grounded theory' approach. Grounded theory develops theory during research process through a continuous interplay between analyses and detection. Thus much can be said about racial identity in terms of social context.

Keywords: African-American; Black; Data Analysis; Inquiry; Lived Experiences; mixed methods; Participants; Predominantly White Colleges; racial identity



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