Leading in the Mississippi Delta: an exploratory study of race, class and gender

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Leading in the Mississippi Delta: an exploratory study of race, class and gender

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dc.contributor.advisor Pigg, Kenneth E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lovell, Donielle M., 1979- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Mississippi -- Delta (Region)
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-27T14:35:03Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-27T14:35:03Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009 Summer en_US
dc.identifier.other LovellD-072409-D313 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/7029
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 26, 2010). en_US
dc.description The 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.description Dissertation advisor: Kenneth E. Pigg. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Ph.D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009 . en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Rural Sociology. en_US
dc.description.abstract While 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.extent vii, 178 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Delta (Miss. : Region) -- Race relations -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women politicians en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African American men en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African American politicians en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African American mayors en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Community leadership en_US
dc.title Leading in the Mississippi Delta: an exploratory study of race, class and gender en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Rural sociology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 607532417 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)


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