What's Left of Blackness

Feminisms, Transracial Solidarities, and the Politics of Belonging in Britain

Author: Tracy Fisher

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230339174

Category: Political Science

Page: 189

View: 6278

What's Left of Blackness analyzes the political transformations in black women's community work in England from the late 1960s until the 2000s. Alongside a shift in the discourse and deployment of blackness as a political imaginary through which to engage in struggles for social justice. Fisher argues that mapping black women's socially engaged political groups—within Britain's changing sociopolitical economic context—reveals the ways in which groups transformed from anti-imperialist organizations to service provisioning groups, all the while they redefined and expanded the very meaning of 'the political.'

Dis-orienting rhythms

the politics of the new Asian dance music

Author: Sanjay Sharma,John Hutnyk,Ashwani Sharma

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781856494700

Category: Music

Page: 248

View: 5423

Blurring the boundaries between academic and cultural production, this book produces a new understanding of the world significance of South Asian culture in multi-racist societies. One of the first sustained attempts to situate such production within the study of race and identity, it uncovers the crucial role that contemporary South Asian dance music has played in the formation of a new urban cultural politics. The book opens by positing new theoretical understandings of South Asian cultural representation that move beyond essentialist ethnicity in the cultural studies literature. Contributors narrate the formation of South Asian expressive culture coming emerging from the highly charged context of UK Black politics. Part three assumes the task of historical recovery, looking at the antecedents of political South Asian musical performance, autonomous anti-racist organising and problems of alliance with the white Left. Part four engages with the movements and translations of cultural productions across the world - not just in Britain or South Asia, but also Canada, North America, Fiji, Malaysia, Australia, West Africa, Europe, but particularly in the fractured spaces of a postcolonial Britain in decline.

Black Mixed-Race Men

Transatlanticity, Hybridity and 'Post-Racial' Resilience

Author: Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787565327

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

View: 6871

This book offers a corrective to pathological and stereotypical representations of mixedness generally, and Black mixed-race men specifically. By introducing the concept of ‘post-racial’ resilience the book shows that Black mixed-race men are active and agentic as they resist the fragmentation and erasure of multiplicitous identities.

The African Diaspora in Canada

Negotiating Identity & Belonging

Author: Wisdom Tettey,Korbla P. Puplampu

Publisher: University of Calgary Press

ISBN: 1552381757

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 998

With transnational migration reaching unprecedented levels in Canada, the need for new trajectories of intercultural understanding and minority-relevant policy has never been greater. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada and of the respective countries of origin -- including their ethnicity, ancestry, and lineage -- interact to shape the identities, expectations, and aspirations of African Canadians.

Gender, Ethnicity and Place

Women and Identity in Guyana

Author: Linda Peake,D. Alissa Trotz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134749317

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 9262

This book is concerned with the nature of the relationship between gender, ethnicity and poverty in the context of the external and internal dynamics of households in Guyana. Using detailed data collected from male and female respondents in three separate locations, two urban and one rural, and across two major ethnic groups, Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese, the authors discuss the links between gender and race, exploring development issues from a feminist perspective.

Beyond Bollywood

The Cultural Politics of South Asian Diasporic Film

Author: Jigna Desai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135887209

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 3313

Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Women’s Movements in Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa

Author: Fatima Sadiqi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113750675X

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

View: 6356

Centering on women's movements before, during, and after the revolutions, Women's Movements in Post-"Arab Spring" North Africa highlights the broader sources of authority that affected the emergence of new feminist actors and agents and their impact on the sociopolitical landscapes of the region.

Black Cultural Traffic

Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture

Author: Harry Justin Elam

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472068401

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

View: 9201

Black Cultural Traffic traces how blackness travels globally in performance, engaging the work of an international and interdisciplinary mix of scholars, critics, and practicing artists.

Moroccan Feminist Discourses

Author: Fatima Sadiqi

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137392688

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 3987

This book is both scholarly and personal. It is scholarly because it addresses and assesses the current Moroccan feminist discourses, a topic the author has been involved with for almost three decades, and it is personal because it brings along her Berber identity and seeks to reposition it vis-à-vis these feminist discourses. Revisiting the Moroccan feminist discourses in the aftermath of the uprisings in the region which, among other things, brought about the spectacular change in the political status of Berber from an indigenous centuries-long marginalized language to an 'official language' of Morocco came with serious challenges to the feminist discourses by highlighting the stark absence of Berber, a women-related language, in these discourses. The two recognized types of feminist discourse, the secular and Islamic ones, are not only divergent but suffer from a shortage in scope and discard the rich heritage, knowledge, and art that Berber women bring along to the Moroccan feminist discourses.

The Creolisation of London Kinship

Mixed African-Caribbean and White British Extended Families, 1950-2003

Author: Elaine Bauer

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089642358

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

View: 4624

In the last 50 years, the United Kingdom has witnessed a growing proportion of mixed African-Caribbean and white British families. With rich new primary evidence of "mixed-race" in the capital city, The Creolisation of London Kinship thoughtfully explores this population. Making an indelible contribution to both kinship research and wider social debates, the book emphasises a long-term evolution of family relationships across generations. Individuals are followed through changing social and historical contexts, seeking to understand in how far many of these transformations may be interpreted as creolisation. Examined, too, are strategies and innovations in relationship construction, the social constraints put upon them, the special significance of women and children in kinship work and the importance of non-biological as well as biological notions of family relatedness. -- P. [4] of cover.

Democracy Realized

The Progressive Alternative

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840092

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

View: 5305

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is widely regarded as one of the leading living social theorists. In Democracy Realized, he gives detailed content to his conception of a progressive and practical alternative to neoliberalism in contemporary politics. His efforts to inspire this have drawn increasing attention throughout the world as well as in his native Brazil where they are currently informing a network of politicians and business leaders called The Latin American Alternative. But the United States and Europe, argues Unger, are equally in need of a fresh alternative to the status quo.

Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

Author: Mary Zeiss Stange,Carol K. Oyster,Jane E. Sloan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412976855

Category: Social Science

Page: 2016

View: 2819

This work includes 1000 entries covering the spectrum of defining women in the contemporary world.

South Africa Pushed to the Limit

The Political Economy of Change

Author: Hein Marais

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780320833

Category: Political Science

Page: 576

View: 9197

Since 1994, the democratic government in South Africa has worked hard at improving the lives of the black majority, yet close to half the population lives in poverty, jobs are scarce, and the country is more unequal than ever. For millions, the colour of people’s skin still decides their destiny. In his wide-ranging, incisive and provocative analysis, Hein Marais shows that although the legacies of apartheid and colonialism weigh heavy, many of the strategic choices made since the early 1990s have compounded those handicaps. Marais explains why those choices were made, where they went awry, and why South Africa’s vaunted formations of the left -- old and new -- have failed to prevent or alter them. From the real reasons behind President Jacob Zuma’s rise and the purging of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, to a devastating critique of the country’s continuing AIDS crisis, its economic path and its approach to the rights and entitlements of citizens, South Africa Pushed to the Limit presents a riveting benchmark analysis of the incomplete journey beyond apartheid.

New Racism

Revisiting Researcher Accountabilities

Author: Norma Romm

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048187287

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

View: 6074

This book develops a debate around responsible social inquiry into new racism. A variety of ways of researching new forms of racism (for example, aversive, modern, cultural, purportedly color-blind, and new racism) are addressed. Experiments that have been undertaken to inquire into group identity and people’s implicit bias in relation to those perceived as "other" are critically explored and their potential consequences reconsidered. The book also critically explores survey research, which, it is argued, can serve to reinforce the notion of the existence of ethnoracial groups with defined boundaries that inhere in social life. The book considers interviewing (including focus group interviewing) and case study research (including participant observation/ethnography) in terms of possibilities for moving beyond new forms of racism. Action research (defined by the understanding of an inextricable link between knowing and acting) is examined in-depth in terms of the hopes to "make a difference" at the moment of inquiry. Types of retroductive logic that are used to examine underlying structures that arguably unduly constrain people’s life chances and render human relationships inhumane are also explored. The book draws together the different arguments; and it proposes ways in which the design of research into new racism can better approached as well as ways in which dialogue around processes of inquiry and the products thereof can be better fostered. Suggestions for nurturing humane social relationships that provide for transcultural meaning-making are threaded through the text.


Author: Gautam Malkani

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007348592

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 685

‘Londonstani’, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut, reveals a Britain that has never before been explored in the novel: a country of young Asians and white boys (desis and goras) trying to work out a place for themselves in the shadow of the divergent cultures of their parents’ generation.

Gendered Citizenships

Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture

Author: K. Caldwell,R. Ramirez,K. Coll,T. Fisher,L. Siu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230101828

Category: Social Science

Page: 225

View: 3367

Drawing on ethnographic research with underrepresented communities in the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the United States, this wide-ranging anthology examines the gendered dimensions of citizenship experiences and uses them as a point of departure for rethinking contemporary practices of social inclusion and national belonging.

Colonial Systems of Control

Criminal Justice in Nigeria

Author: Viviane Saleh-Hanna

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 0776618237

Category: Social Science

Page: 534

View: 6832

A pioneering book on prisons in West Africa, Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria is the first comprehensive presentation of life inside a West African prison. Chapters by prisoners inside Kirikiri maximum security prison in Lagos, Nigeria are published alongside chapters by scholars and activists. While prisoners document the daily realities and struggles of life inside a Nigerian prison, scholar and human rights activist Viviane Saleh-Hanna provides historical, political, and academic contexts and analyses of the penal system in Nigeria. The European penal models and institutions imported to Nigeria during colonialism are exposed as intrinsically incoherent with the community-based conflict-resolution principles of most African social structures and justice models. This book presents the realities of imprisonment in Nigeria while contextualizing the colonial legacies that have resulted in the inhumane brutalities that are endured on a daily basis. Keywords: Nigeria, West Africa, penal system, maximum-security prison

Feminist Utopias

Author: Frances Bartkowski

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803260917

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

View: 1467

The utopias envisioned by Edward Bellamy and other novelists late in the nineteenth century were generally blueprints of government. As satellites of men, women were expected to share in the general improvement of society. The resurgence of the feminist movement since the late 1960s has produced a very different kind of utopian literature. Frances Bartkowski explores a body of work that is striking and vital because it reflects the hopes, fears, and desires of women who have glimpsed the possibilities of a bright new world freed from stifling patriarchal structures. Feminist Utopias is a comparative study of the utopian fiction of nine women writers in the United States, France, and Canada. Except for Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland (1915), the prototype for feminist literary utopias, all of the works were published between 1969 and 1986. Bartkowski discusses Monique Wittig's Les Guérillères, Joanna Russ's The Female Man, Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time, Suzy McKee Charnas's Motherlines, Christine Rochefort's Archaos, ou le jardin étincelant, E. M. Broner's A Weave of Women, Louky Bersianik's The Eugelionne, and two dystopian novels, Charnas's Walk to the End of the World and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale.

Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity

Author: Smadar Lavie,Ted Swedenburg

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822317203

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

View: 9061

Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity challenges conventional understandings of identity based on notions of nation and culture as bounded or discrete. Through careful examinations of various transnational, hybrid, border, and diasporic forces and practices, these essays push at the edge of cultural studies, postmodernism, and postcolonial theory and raise crucial questions about ethnographic methodology. This volume exemplifies a cross-disciplinary cultural studies and a concept of culture rooted in lived experience as well as textual readings. Anthropologists and scholars from related fields deploy a range of methodologies and styles of writing to blur and complicate conventional dualisms between authors and subjects of research, home and away, center and periphery, and first and third world. Essays discuss topics such as Rai, a North African pop music viewed as westernized in Algeria and as Arab music in France; the place of Sephardic and Palestinian writers within Israel’s Ashkenazic-dominated arts community; and the use and misuse of the concept “postcolonial” as it is applied in various regional contexts. In exploring histories of displacement and geographies of identity, these essays call for the reconceptualization of theoretical binarisms such as modern and postmodern, colonial and postcolonial. It will be of interest to a broad spectrum of scholars and students concerned with postmodern and postcolonial theory, ethnography, anthropology, and cultural studies. Contributors. Norma Alarcón, Edward M. Bruner, Nahum D. Chandler, Ruth Frankenberg, Joan Gross, Dorinne Kondo, Kristin Koptiuch, Smadar Lavie, Lata Mani, David McMurray, Kirin Narayan, Greg Sarris, Ted Swedenburg

Wages of Empire

Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women's Poverty

Author: Amalia L. Cabezas,Ellen Reese,Marguerite Waller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317249488

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 2354

Corporate globalization has intensified in recent years, taking a terrible toll on the lives of ordinary women in the global North and South. This book investigates the related processes of neoliberal economic restructuring and increased militarization, tracking policy and its enforcement to its impact on low-income women. This interdisciplinary volume provides rich analyses of the oppressive working and living conditions of urban and rural women, rightward shifts in public policies, and women's resistance to these developments.