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dc.contributor.advisorPigg, Kenneth E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLovell, Donielle M., 1979-en_US
dc.coverage.spatialMississippi -- Delta (Region)
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Summeren_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 26, 2010).en_US
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Kenneth E. Pigg.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionPh.D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009 .en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Rural Sociology.en_US
dc.description.abstractWhile there is much work on the Mississippi Delta, it is varied. There is a large literature base focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. There is also a large literature base focusing on the social and economic issues such as persistent poverty, access to health care, and educational attainment deficits. During the 1980's and 1990's work was conducted to better understand the changes in the Delta since the Civil Rights Movement. Since then there have been many firsts for women and African Americans in the region. For African American men, they were beginning to be elected into positions that were traditionally held by white men. Most notably, they were being elected in towns where black men had never served as mayor. Further, women were increasing their numbers in terms of elected leadership, particularly as mayors of small towns. These strides have yet to be captured in research. Therefore, this study is exploratory. Using a life history approach, interviews were conducted with nineteen Delta mayors. Participants note how structures such as race, class and gender shape power relations. Findings show that race still structures relationships in the Mississippi Delta. The work also shows how gender in a rural area is a constraint for female leaders. The work also found ways in which social class enable and constrain mayors. Social institutions such as the church, family and community are also considered as participants noted the importance of these institutions in learning about leadership.en_US
dc.format.extentvii, 178 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.oclc607532417en_US
dc.identifier.otherLovellD-072409-D313en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/7029
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshDelta (Miss. : Region) -- Race relations -- Political aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen politiciansen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican American menen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican American politiciansen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican American mayorsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunity leadershipen_US
dc.titleLeading in the Mississippi Delta: an exploratory study of race, class and genderen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRural sociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRural sociologyeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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