For the Culture : Using Ethnographic Interviews to Describe the Attempts and Strategies Used by Black, First-Generation, Female, College Students to Combine Family, Community, and College Life
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Education and Human Services
Family Science and Human Development
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Using qualitative methodology, 10 Black, first-generation female college students were studied at Predominately White Institution in Northern New Jersey. The study examined how Black, female, first-generation college students combined the diverging aspects of their home and school lives and the strategies they used to do so. The theoretical perspectives used in this study were Black Feminist and Life Course Theory. Combining these theoretical perspectives revealed how Black women used agency and linked lives to navigate college and renegotiate family and societal expectations. Analysis of 10 individual ethnographic interviews highlighted two major themes and several sub-themes. The major themes were: 1) reciprocity and 2) the art of navigation between home and school. This work has implications for future research on first-generation Black women and the use of reciprocity as a motivating factor for attending and completing college.
Turner, Fatimah, "For the Culture : Using Ethnographic Interviews to Describe the Attempts and Strategies Used by Black, First-Generation, Female, College Students to Combine Family, Community, and College Life" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1069.