Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-24
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Contemporary urban spaces are critical sites of resistance for black women. By focusing on the spatial aspects of political resistance of black women in Newark, this book provides new ways of understanding the complex dynamics and innovative political practices within major American cities. Activist women devote their lives to creating and sustaining clothing exchanges, sister-circles, rites of passage programs and other open and progressive spaces of struggle. In so doing, they transform blighted cityscapes into culturally symbolic homeplaces that nurture the life chances, leadership capacity of political efficacy of an emerging generation of activists. By documenting their political commitments and transformative projects, this book demonstrates how black women challenge, resist and transform converging systems of domination that circumscribe their lives.

Author Biography

Zenzele Isoke is assistant professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Framing Black Women's Politics: Spatializing Intersectionality, Spatializing Resistance

Politics Out of Place: Black Women, Racialization, and Urban Resistance 

Historicizing Resistance: The Makings of a Marginal Community in the Central Ward 

The Politics of Homemaking: Black Feminist Transformations of a Cityscape

Mobilizing after Murder: The Politics of the Life and Death of Sakia Gunn 

Keepin' Up the Fight: Black Feminism and the Hip Hop Convention Movement

Social Capital, Political Space, and the Limits of Blackness

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