9780415924832

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415924832

  • ISBN10:

    0415924839

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-12-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In i Black Feminist Thought /i , Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She not only provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde, but she shows the importance of self-defined knowledge for group empowerment. In the tenth anniversary edition of this award-winning work, Patricia Hill Collins expands the basic arguments of the first edition by adding several important new themes. A new discussion of heterosexism as a system of power, an expanded treatment of images of Black womanhood, U.S. Black feminism's connections to Black Diasporic feminisms, and more attention to the importance of social class and nationalism all appear in the new edition. In addition, the new edition includes recent developments in black cultural studies, especially black popular culture, as well as recent events and trends such as the Anita Hillhearings and the backlash against affirmative action.

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition vi
Preface to Second Edition x
Acknowledgments xiv
Part 1: The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought
The Politics of Black Feminist Thought
1(20)
Distinguishing Features of Black Feminist Thought
21(24)
Part 2: Core Themes in Black Feminist Thought
Work, Family, and Black Women's Oppression
45(24)
Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images
69(28)
The Power of Self-Definition
97(26)
The Sexual Politics of Black Womanhood
123(26)
Black Women's Love Relationships
149(24)
Black Women and Motherhood
173(28)
Rethinking Black Women's Activism
201(26)
Part 3: Black Feminism, Knowledge, and Power
U.S. Black Feminism in Transnational Context
227(24)
Black Feminist Epistemology
251(22)
Toward a Politics of Empowerment
273(18)
Notes 291(7)
Glossary 298(4)
References 302(24)
Index 326

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