Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of First Generation African Caribbean Women

Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of First Generation African Caribbean Women


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Learning in Womanist Ways explores the benefits of lifelong learning for black Caribbean women who came to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s in the expectation of a better life. It features interviews with these women, set out as dramatic scenes that tell us about them, their social interactions and their informal learning.

This insightful account challenges the notion that being black, female and older means deteriorating health, poverty and isolation. Presenting a different and positive reality, the book combines contemporary narrative study with black feminist epistemology, exploring the social and cultural identities brought to learning. It shows the solidarity in Caribbean sisterhood as the women rise above past oppression.

Set against a backdrop of shifting policies and diminishing resources for widening participation and adult learning, this book acknowledges the global challenge of an ageing society and shows how provision of informal learning enriches lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858567785
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/06/2016
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jan Etienne is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.

John Field is the first Professor of Lifelong Learning in Britain at Warwick University and is recognized as a leading authority in this field. He has lectured widely in the US and elsewhere in the English speaking world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Lifelong learning in womanist ways
3. Speaking up for sisters
4. "The heart of the race"
5. In search of our Carnival Spirits
6. Spreading our wings
7. Reflections on the (mis) education of the black sister
8. Conclusion

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