'Other Kinds of Dreams': Black Women's Organisations and the Politics of Transformation

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Accounts of political activism in African Caribbean and Asian communities often overlook the role of black women activists, contributing towards an image of passivity, apathy and exclusion. Through an empirical study of black women's organizations, this book interrogates

contemporary theories of racism and racialization, political mobilization and feminism relating experiences of black women to wider issues of...

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Overview

Accounts of political activism in African Caribbean and Asian communities often overlook the role of black women activists, contributing towards an image of passivity, apathy and exclusion. Through an empirical study of black women's organizations, this book interrogates

contemporary theories of racism and racialization, political mobilization and feminism relating experiences of black women to wider issues of politics and difference, class and coalitions.

Other Kinds of Dreams questions the homogeneity of the term "black" and asks

whether increasing social stratification within black communities undermines this unity. It also analyzes the relationship between black women's organizations, black men and white feminists within the context of coalition for social transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415167321
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Series: Gender, Racism, Ethnicity Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Writing against the grain: towards a womanist methodology 22
3 'We don't just make tea': redefining political activism 50
4 Talking across difference 93
5 Articulating 'race', class and gender 143
6 Sisters and brothers in struggle? Looking for coalitions 177
7 Conclusions: from identity politics to the politics of transformation 224
App. I: Summary of case study organisations 238
App. II Chronology of black women organising autonomously in Britain 244
Bibliography 259
Index 276
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