1st Edition

Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter's Body

By Venus E. Evans-Winters Copyright 2019
    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recently, Black women have taken the world stage in national politics, popular culture, professional sports, and bringing attention to racial injustice in policing and the judicial system. However, rarely are Black women acknowledged and highlighted for their efforts to understand the social problems confronting our generation and those generations that came before us. In the post-civil rights era, research faculty and theoreticians must acknowledge the marginalization of Black women scholars’ voices in contemporary qualitative scholarship and debates.

    Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing our Daughter's Body engages qualitative inquiry to center the issues and concerns of Black women as researcher(s) and the researched while simultaneously questioning the ostensible innocence of qualitative inquiry, including methods of data collection, processes of data analysis, and representations of human experiences and identities. The text centers "daughtering" as the onto-epistemological tool for approaches to Black feminist and critical race data analysis in qualitative inquiry.

    Advanced and novice researchers interested in decolonizing methodologies and liberatory tools of analysis will find the text useful for cultural, education, political, and racial critiques that center the intersectional identities and interpretations of Black women and girls and other people of color. Daughtering as a tool of analysis in Black feminist qualitative inquiry is our own cultural and spiritual way of being, doing, and performing decolonizing work.




    Fieldnote 1. A Mosaic of Black Feminism

    Fieldnote 2. Witnesses to the Covenant

    Fieldnote 3. Decolonizing the Mind

    Fieldnote 4. Tellin’ Stories: Black Women’s Thumbprints    

    Fieldnote 5. (De)Commodification of the Black Girl Narrative    

    Fieldnote 6. Voice in Re/Presentation

    Fieldnote 7. Writing My Daughter’s Body

    Fieldnote 8. Unveiling the Mask

    Fieldnote 9. An Inconvenient Truth

    Fieldnote 10. Text Message: A Call and Response    

    Fieldnote 11. Daughtering: Decoding the Covenant


    Venus E. Evans-Winters is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University. She is also faculty affiliate with Women and Gender Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Her research interests are educational policy, qualitative inquiry, and critical race feminism in education.

    "...in a time where the demands for anti-oppressive and anti-racist research methodologies become ever-more urgent, Evans-Winters’ Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body offers a timely critique of the ways in which academia can further center upon and learn from the experiences and expertise of black women scholars."

    -Chelsea Allen, Columbia School of Social Work, New York, NY, USA