Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times

Researching Educational Inequalities, 1st Edition

Edited by Heidi Safia Mirza, Cynthia Joseph


140 pages

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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.


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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)