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Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry

A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter's Body, 1st Edition

By Venus E. Evans-Winters


146 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents




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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Futures of Data Analysis in Qualitative Research

The books in the series Futures of Data Analysis in Qualitative Research document the various ways in which qualitative researchers approach data analysis within the context of qualitative inquiry. The series specifically encourages work done from various intersected margins which focus on ways in which a researcher might have had to break rank with traditions, established practices, or privileged, dominant approaches. The books consider multiple aspects including, but not limited to, role of theory, ethics, positionality, processes and their role in generating insights.

While the emphasis of the series is analysis, books in the series could also subvert how analysis is understood and practiced in qualitative inquiry if established discourses are incommensurable for their specific inquiries. Focusing on non-traditional or reconfiguration of the familiar in analysis, the series encourages books written from various interpretive, critical, deconstructive, or other contemporary orientations. The books not only offer narrative details of qualitative data analysis process with examples, but also new ontoepistemic, theoretical, methodological, and substantive knowledge.

For more information about the series or to submit a book proposal, please contact Series Editor Kakali Bhattacharya, [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology