1st Edition

Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times Researching Educational Inequalities

Edited By Heidi Mirza, Cynthia Joseph Copyright 2010
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is a compelling collection of essays on the intersection of race, gender and class in education written by leading black and postcolonial feminists of colour from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean living in Britain, America, Canada, and Australia. It addresses controversial issues such as racism in the media, exclusion in higher education, and critical multiculturalism in schools.

    Introducing new debates on transglobal female identity and cultures of resistance the book asks:

    • How does black and postcolonial feminisms illuminate race and gender identity in new global times?
    • How are race, gender and class inequalities reproduced and resisted in educational sites?
    • How do women of colour experience race and gender differences in schools and universities?

    This book is a must for political and social commentators, academic researchers and student audiences interested in new feminist visions for new global times.

    This book was published as a special issue of Race, Ethnicity and Education.

    1. Introduction: Plotting a history: Black and postcolonial feminisms in ‘new times’  Heidi Safia Mirza  2. Postcoloniality and ethnography: negotiating gender, ethnicity and power  Cynthia Joseph  3. Identity, empathy and ‘otherness’: Asian women, education and dowries in the UK  Kalwant Bhopal  4. Embodying diversity: problems and paradoxes for Black feminists  Sara Ahmed  5. Is it because I’m Black? A Black female research experience  Uvanney Maylor  6. Black Canadian feminist thought: perspectives on equity and diversity in the academy  Njoki Nathani Wane  7. Black feminist praxis: some reflections on pedagogies and politics in higher education  Suki Ali  8. ‘Who you callin’ nappy-headed?’A critical race theory look at the construction of Black women  Gloria Ladson-Billings  9. De-colonising practices: negotiating narratives from racialised and gendered experiences of education  Ann Phoenix  10. From ‘crisis’ to ‘activist’: the everyday freedom legacy of Black feminisms  Heather A. Oesterreich


    Heidi Safia Mirza is Professor of Equalities Studies in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK. She is author of Young Female and Black and Race Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black women succeed and fail.

    Cynthia Joseph is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Monash University in Australia.

    An inspiring book which addresses some of the most critical questions in education. Feminist thinking at its best.  Avtar Brah, Professor of Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

    This book renders black feminist theory and post-colonial thought more textured, complex and expansive. Bravissimo, a rich collection of research!  Annette Henry, Professor of Education, University of Washington, Tacoma USA