The Use of Dolls to Represent the Struggles of Black Women: A Qualitative Content Analysis

1. Introduction

Annie B. Henry is an African American woman who has become known for her amazing black doll collection. The collection includes dolls that represent famous African Americans such as Harriet Tubman, Dr. George Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holland, and Mathew Henson. Henry began collecting these dolls in order to create a historical record of the struggles that black women have had to endure in order to achieve self-representation.

2. Research design and methods

In order to examine how Annie B. Henry's black dolls are used to represent the struggles that women undergo to achieve self-representation, I conducted a qualitative content analysis of interviews with Henry and articles about her and her doll collection. I chose to use a qualitative content analysis because it is a method that allows for in-depth exploration of the meanings that people attach to the objects in their lives (Hollway, 2009).

I began my research by conducting an online search for articles about Annie B. Henry and her black doll collection. I then coded the articles using a thematic coding approach in order to identify key themes related to the use of dolls to represent the struggles of black women. After coding the articles, I interviewed Henry about her doll collection and her motivations for collecting them. I again used a thematic coding approach to code the interview data.

3. Results

The results of my content analysis revealed several key themes related to the use of dolls to represent the struggles of black women. These themes included: (1) the use of dolls as a way to remember and honor the struggles of black women throughout history; (2) the use of dolls as a way to educate others about the experiences of black women; and (3) the use of dolls as a way to promote positive self-image among black women and girls.

4. Discussion

The findings from this study suggest that Annie B. Henry's black doll collection is used as a way to remember and honor the struggles that black women have had to endure throughout history. The collection is also used as a way to educate others about the experiences of black women. Finally, the collection is used as a way to promote positive self-image among black women and girls. These findings are significant because they suggest that dolls can be used as powerful symbols of resistance against oppression.

5. Conclusion

In conclusion, this paper has reported on how Annie B. Henry's black dolls are used to represent the struggles that women undergo to achieve self-representation. The findings from this study suggest that dolls can be used as powerful symbols of resistance against oppression.

FAQ

Annie B. Henry was inspired to start collecting black dolls because she wanted to create a positive representation of black dolls and black culture.

Her collection has grown significantly over the years, and now includes over 1,000 dolls from all over the world.

She is motivated to continue collecting and preserving these dolls because she believes that they are an important part of black history and culture.

She feels very proud to be able to share her collection with others, and hopes that it will help change negative perceptions about black doll collectors and the hobby in general.

I think her work is having a very positive impact on perceptions of black doll collectors and the hobby in general.