“Womanish” modes of play as a cultural signification: womanist tenets and ethical development for black female human flourishing
Lockhart, Lakisha Renee
RELIGION “WOMANISH” MODES OF PLAY AS A CULTURAL SIGNIFICATION: WOMANIST TENETS AND ETHICAL DEVELOPMENT FOR BLACK FEMALE HUMAN FLOURISHING LAKISHA LOCKHART Thesis under the direction of Professor Victor Anderson “Womanish” modes of play as a cultural signification, specifically examining womanist tenets and ethical development that lead to black female human flourishing will be presented in this thesis. This thesis will look at how “womanish” modes of play (i.e handjives, red rover, spades, etc) are ways in which black women communicate, seek, and negotiate meaning in the world; specifically in the areas of ethical development and womanist tenets. This thesis will look at the history of “womanish” modes of play and discuss its relevance and significance in the flourishing of black women. This thesis will discuss and dialogue with the womanist tenets, “womanish” modes of play, and ethical development. As part of this thesis work there will be two interviews conducted with black women, both consenting to have their stories recorded and shared, in order to confirm that “womanish” modes of play are indeed a cultural signification, especially when examining the womanist tenets and ethical development which lead to black female human flourishing.