By writing Black feminist texts into the international relations (IR) canon and naming a common Black feminist praxis, this text charts a path toward a Transnational Black Feminist (TBF) Framework in IR, and outlines why a TBF Framework is a much needed intervention in the field.
Situated at the intersection of IR and Black feminist theory and praxis, the book argues that a Black feminist tradition of engaging the international exists, has been neglected by mainstream IR, and can be written into the IR canon using the TBF Framework. Using research within the Black indigenous Garifuna community of Honduras, as well as the scholarship of feminists, especially Black feminist anthropologists working in Brazil, the author illustrates how five TBF guiding principles—intersectionality, solidarity, scholaractivism, attention to borders/boundaries, and radically transparent author positionality—offer a critical alternative for engaging IR studies. The text calls on IR scholars to engage Black feminist scholarship and praxis beyond the written page, through its living legacy.
This interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to feminist scholars, international relations students, and grassroots activists. It will also appeal to students of related disciplines including anthropology, sociology, global studies, development studies, and area studies.
Table of Contents
1 Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Calling for an International Relations Intervention
2 Honduras’ Ereba Makers: Garifuna Foodways as Grassroots Alternatives to Development
3 Understanding Black Women’s Families: The Value of Centering Family in IR Studies
4 Honduran Garifuna Nation: A Black Matrifocal Society in a Mestizo Patriarchal State
5 Beyond States: Understanding Transnational Indigeneity in Latin America
6 Conclusion: Opportunities for Transnational Solidarity
K. Melchor Quick Hall is a faculty member in Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies, US. Interested in transnational feminist and grassroots work that advances liberation struggles, she is working to strengthen relationships between grassroots organizations in the US and other countries.