Domination And Resistance : The Politics Of Wage Household Labor During New South Atlanta By Tera W. Hunter

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When reading the article Domination and Resistance: The Politics of Wage Household Labor in New South Atlanta by Tera W. Hunter the definition of inequality comes to mind. As professor, Dan Gilbert noted inequality is the product of the history of generations choices in society. It’s difficult to define a term like inequality because many perspectives can have different views on the definition. Inequality is about power, domination, and resistances. Tera W. Hunter defines domination and resistances in her article as, “Domination is the process of exercising power over the dispossessed by whatever means necessary, but without overt conflict where possible. Resistance is any act, individual or collective, symbolic or literal, intended by subordinates to deny claims, to refuse compliance with impositions made by superordinates, or to advance claims of their own” (P. 207). In order to have domination, there must be individuals resisting. As James Scott noted relations of domination are, at the same time, relations of resistance. It’s not possible to have one without the other. In Atlanta, after the civil war, the city experienced a prime example of domination and resistances. For many blacks, it was a hard transition after the emancipation to build a life after all the blacks knew was to be a slave to a master. Blacks in the south had to find jobs in order to provide for themselves and their family. For black women, it was especially hard to maintain a job while taking

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