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Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora

Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora


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Transatlantic Feminisms is an interdisciplinary collection of original feminist research on women’s lives in Africa and the African diaspora. Demonstrating the power and value of transcontinental connections and exchanges between feminist thinkers, this unique collection of fifteen essays addresses the need for global perspectives on gender, ethnicity, race and class. Examining diverse topics and questions in contemporary feminist research, the authors describe and analyze women’s lives in a host of vibrant, compelling locations. There are essays exploring women’s political activism in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Santo Domingo, Jamaica and Tanzania. Other essays explore representation and creativity in Brazil, Nigeria, and Miami. While one essay examines African women as conflicted immigrants in France, another recounts the experiences of Haitian women trying to survive in the Dominican Republic. Core themes of the book include the evolution of black feminism; black feminist political leadership; the politics of identity and representation; and struggles for agency and survival. These themes are interwoven throughout the volume and illuminate different geographic and cultural experiences, yet very similar oppressive forces and forms of resistance.

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ISBN-13: 9781498507189
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Rodriguez is chair of the Department of Africana Studies and director of the Institute on Black Life at the University of South Florida.

Dzodzi Tsikata is associate professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana.

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is professor of African and gender studies and director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Feminist Politics and the Politics of "Black" Feminisms

Chapter 1: Feminist Organizing, Electoral Representation and Transformation in Africa, Lyn Ossome

Chapter 2: This Bridge Called the Internet: Black Lesbian Feminist Activism in Santo Domingo, Rachel Afi Quinn

Chapter 3: Fighting Shirley Chisholm: Discourses of Race and Gender in U.S. Politics, Yveline Alexis

Chapter 4: Academics and Praxis: Caribbean Feminisms, Lynn Bolles

Chapter 5: Experiences in Transformative Feminist Movement Building at the Grassroots Level in Tanzania, Marjorie Mbilinyi and Gloria Shechambo

Part 2. Women and the Multi-layered Textures of Representation

Chapter 6: Mucamas and Mulatas: Black Brazilian Feminisms, Representations, and Ethnography Erica L. Williams

Chapter 7: Feminists Perspectives in Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi and Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta, Rose A. Sackeyfio,

Chapter 8: Black Women and U.S. Pop Culture in the Postidentity Era: The Case of Beyoncé Knowles, Manoucheka Celeste

Chapter 9: Contemporary Black Photographic Practice in Miami, Florida: Noelle Théard and Donnalyn Anthony, Lara Stein Pardo

Part 3. Transcending Borders: Survival, Resistance and Making A Living

Chapter 10: Like Your Own Child? Employers' Perspectives and Domestic Work Relations in Ghana, Dzodzi Tsikata

Chapter 11: Young Women and Survival in Post-War: Experiences of Secondary School Girls in Uganda, J.Lynn McBrien, Jan Stewart and Betty Akullu Ezati

Chapter 12: Borders within Borders: Haitian Migrant Women, Dominican Pepeceras, and the Power Geographies of Transnational Markets, Jennifer L. Shoaff

Chapter 13: "You Have to Move!" Feminist Ethnography and Narratives of Displacement, Cheryl Rodriguez

Chapter 14: Uneven Integration among African Immigrant Women in France, Loretta E. Bass

Chapter 15: "How can I come to work on Saturdays when I have my family?" Ghanaian Women and Bank Work in a Neoliberal Era, Nana Akua Anyidoho and Akosua Adomako Ampofo

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