Tulane Home

You are here

Publication: Exploring Gender Relations among Two Southeastern Native American Tribes

"'When you come together and do everything, it’ll be better for everybody': Exploring gender relations among two Southeastern Native American tribes" was just published in the Journal of Family Issues. This paper is authored by Dr. Catherine McKinley (TSSW Associate Professor) Dr. Jenn Lilly (Current Assistant Professor, Fordham School of Social Services and past Tulane CCC PhD Student), Hannah Knipp (Current Tulane CCC PhD Student), and Dr. Jessica Liddell (Current Assistant Professor, University of Montana and past Tulane CCC PhD Student).

The publication's abstract: "Prior to the imposition of patriarchal colonial norms, Native American (NA) gender relations were characterized as complementary and egalitarian; however, little research has explored gender relations within NA communities today. This study used a community-based critical ethnography to explore contemporary NA gender relations with a purposive sample of 208 individuals from the “Coastal Tribe” and 228 participants from the “Inland Tribe.” After participant observation, interviews, and focus groups were conducted, a collaborative approach to reconstructive analysis was used to identify themes in the data. Within these communities, gender relations tended to reflect egalitarian and cooperative but gendered norms, and participants provided examples of how tribal members are transcending patriarchal colonialism. Through the lens of the Framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence, we theorize how these gender norms may protect families from risks associated with historical oppression and promote family resilience with implications for research, practice, and policy."

Read the full article.