Black British Feminism: A Reader is a unique collection of classic texts and new black feminist scholarship. Exploring postmodern themes of gendered and racialized exclusion, 'black' identity and social and cultural difference this volume provides an overview of black feminism in Britain as it has developed during the last two decades.
Among the topics covered are:
* white feminism
* political activism
* 'mixed-race' identity
* class differences
* cultural hybridity
* black beauty
* religious fundamentalism
* national belonging
* lesbian identity
* postcolonial space
* popular culture
This timely and important book is essential reading for students and scholars of cultural studies, women's studies, sociology, literature and postcolonial studies.
Heidi Safia Mirza is Reader in Sociology at South Bank University, London. She is author of Young, Female and Black (Routledge 1992).
'A must for anyone with an interest in gender issues written from a Black British context.' - Pride Magazine
'This new collection brings together articles which have had an important influence on British Feminism ... the complex and sometimes strained effort to comprehend how to define space and change one's place presents the reader with a glimpse of new possibilities.' - Sage Race Relations Abstracts, May 1998
'This collection of essays by black feminists is the first one entirely related to the black women's experience in Britain, and as such is a welcome and important addition to feminist scholarship. This is a diverse, scholarly and highly interesting collection of essays which make a serious contribution to our knowledge of the situation of black women in Britain today.' - Fawcett Library Newsletter, May 1998
'An astute selection of essays with a genuinely multidisciplinary orientation a landmark book making accessible a significant proportion of the history of black feminism in late twentieth-century Britain.' - Interventions 1(4)