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African American Women as Change Agents in the White Academy

Pivoting the Margin via Grounded Theory

MURIEL E. SHOCKLEY and ELIZABETH L. HOLLOWAY

In this chapter, we discuss African American women scholar-activists and the ways in which they act as catalysts for transformational societal, institutional, and individual change. Through the use of grounded theory methodology (GTM), we have uncovered the institutional conditions of the white academy under which African American women establish their presence as change agents, a process that leads to personal strength, resilience, and institutional change. Through our research findings, we describe a holistic model of their lived experiences with their voices and perspectives at the center. ...

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