1st Edition

Transnational Black Feminism and Qualitative Research Black Women, Racialization and Migration

By Tanja J. Burkhard Copyright 2022
    92 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transnational Black Feminism and Qualitative Research invites readers to consider what it means to conduct research within their own communities by interrogating local and global contexts of colonialism, race, and migration.

    The qualitative data at the centre of this book stem from a yearlong qualitative study of the lived experiences of Black women, who migrated to or spent a significant amount of time in the United States, as well as from the author's experiences as a Black German woman and former international student. It proposes Transnational Black Feminism as a framework in qualitative inquiry. Methodological considerations emerging from and complementary to this framework critically explore qualitative concepts, such as reciprocity, care, and the ethics with which research is conducted, to account for shifts in power dynamics in the research process and to radically work against the dehumanization of participants, their communities, and researchers.

    This short and accessible book is ideal for qualitative researchers, graduate students, and feminist scholars interested in the various dimensions of racialization, coloniality, language, and migration.


    Introduction: Bursting American Dreams

    1. Building a Methodological Framework: Toward Transnational Black Feminist Inquiry
    2. Excavating Multiple Contexts
    3. Applying a Transnational Black Feminist Lens
    4. (Re)considering Reciprocity and Exploitation



    Tanja J. Burkhard is a qualitative researcher and Assistant Professor of Human Development at Washington State University. Her work centers the intersections of the areas of qualitative research, Black feminist praxis, and (im)migration.