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

ISBN 9781138486225
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.


" 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