Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice

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Women's Review of Books
Those who understand black women in terms of reductionist categories and who need to read this book probably won't. But it gives the rest of us another sharp implement with which to saw at the ropes.
Women's Review of Books
Those who understand black women in terms of reductionist categories and who need to read this book probably won't. But it gives the rest of us another sharp implement with which to saw at the ropes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816623778
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Contradictions of Modernity Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 490,470
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of Critical Social Theory
Pt. I Black Women's Knowledge and Changing Power Relations
Learning from the Outsider Within Revisited 3
1 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: African-American Women and the New Politics of Containment 11
2 Coming to Voice, Coming to Power: Black Feminist Thought as Critical Social Theory 44
Pt. II Black Feminist Thought and Critical Social Theory
On Fighting Words with "Fighting Words"
3 On Race, Gender, and Science: Black Women as Objects and Agents of Sociological Knowledge 95
4 What's Going On? Black Feminist Thought and the Politics of Postmodernism 124
5 When Fighting Words Are Not Enough: The Gendered Content of Afrocentrism 155
Pt. III Toward Justice
Moving beyond Critique 187
6 Some Group Matters: Intersectionality, Situated Standpoints, and Black Feminist Thought 201
7 Searching for Sojourner Truth: Toward an Epistemology of Empowerment 229
Notes 253
Glossary 275
Works Cited 283
Index 305
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