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Tells the story of some Afrikan mothers who, under European domination with the United States and the United Kingdom, have struggled to survive and maintain their (and their children's) cultural identities within European-oriented societies.
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Cecile Wright
Afrikan Mothers provides a unique and powerful account of Afrikan women's attempts to challenge and resist contemporary conditions, particularly in relation to racism, schooling, and education. Nah Dove's book, which focuses on Afrikan women both in the United Kingdom and the Unites States, enriches us with its blend of empirical "rich descriptiveness" and subtle theorizing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791438824
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents



1 Methods of Research

Conceptual Framework


Rationale and Method

Evaluating My Respect for My Sisters

My Credibility as a Researcher and a Sister

2 A Context for the U.K. Herstories

Race and Immigration Policy

Coming Home to Roost

Knowing Our Rightful Place in Britain's Schools

"Special" Immigrant Education


3 The Herstories of Afrikan Mothers in the United Kingdom

Mothers Who Send Their Children to the Marcus Garvey School

Nzinga ("She is beauty and courage")

Adoaha ("Daughter of the people")

Diallo ("Bold")

Kesi ("Born when father had difficulties")

Mothers Who Send Their Children to the Queen Nzinga School

Abebe ("We asked and got her'')

Amal ("Hopes")

Enomwoyi ("One who has grace")

Fujo ("She brings wholeness'')

4 A Context for the U.S. Herstories

Schooling as a Mode of Oppression

5 The Herstories of Afrikan Mothers in the United States

Mothers Who Send Their Children to the Sankofa School

Camara ("One who teaches from experience")

Ayoluwa ("Joy of our people")

Kumiwa ("Brave")

Binta ("Beautiful daughter")

Ezigbo ("Beloved")

Dalmar ("Versatile")

Ife ("Love of art and culture")

Aisha ("Life")

Aidoo ("Arrived")

6 Herstories of Mothers Who Do Not Send Their Children to Sankofa School

Jaha ("Dignity'')

Adaeze ("Princess")

Nalo ("Much loved")

Mawasi ("In God's hands")

7 An Analysis of the Mother's Experiences

The Afrikan Family: The Site of Oppression and Resistance

Single Parenting

Single Parenting and Schooling the Children

Male and Female Roles in the Family

Problematic Family Relationships

Mother and Son Relationships

Cultural Conflicts

Mothers and Schooling

U.S. Mothers

U.K. Mothers

Reasons for Sending the Children to Culturally Affirming Schools

Racism and Schooling the Children

Consciousness-Raising Influences

Culturally Affirmative Schools as Opposed to Black Schools

Reasons for Not Sending Children to the Sankofa School (U.S.)

8 Afrikan Intellectualism as a Basis for Institution Building

Division as a Method of Conquest

The Afrikan Intellectual in Crisis

Intellectualism as a Level of Consciousness

Afrikan Allegiance






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