Guyana Diaries narrates the life histories of members of the Red Thread Development Corporation, a group of women activists in the Caribbean. Kimberly Nettles, an African American researcher, explores the impact of their work on these women’s lives and, in the process, discovers differences of class and nation that overshadow the gender and race she shares with her subjects. Blending feminist ethnography, critical autobiography, and literary narratives, Nettles examines both the collective and her own experiences in studying its members, producing an illuminating, evocative work of self and other. It should be of interest to those in race and ethnic studies, gender studies, Caribbean studies, development studies, and qualitative research.
About the Author
Kimberly D. Nettles is an assistant professor in Women & Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. She received the PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also held a Carolina Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Nettles is the author of several articles on women activists in Guyana and feminist pedagogy. Her current research engages the ideas of food, race, and identity within the context of historic and contemporary black American culture and politics.
Table of Contents
Critical Incidents: Representing Others, Representing Self 37
The Guyana Diaries 69
Shifting Ground 71
Women's Work 99
Woman Out of Place 129
Meet Us Where We Are 143
"By the Grace of God, We Are Making Out" 177
"We All ... We Is Women Together" 203
A Daughter Comes Home ... to Self 231
Leaving Guyana 259
About the Author 315