Black feminist anthropology: theory, politics, praxis, and by Irma McClaurin

By Irma McClaurin

Within the discipline's early days, anthropologists through definition have been assumed to be white and male. ladies and black students have been relegated to the field's outer edge. From this marginal position, white feminist anthropologists have effectively carved out an said highbrow area, pointed out as feminist anthropology. regrettably, the works of black and non-western feminist anthropologists are infrequently brought up, and so they have not begun to be revered as major shapers of the course and transformation of feminist anthropology. during this quantity, Irma McClaurin has collected-for the 1st time-essays that discover the position and contributions of black feminist anthropologists. She has requested her members to reveal how their stories as black ladies have prompted their anthropological perform in Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA, and the way anthropology has encouraged their improvement as black feminists. each bankruptcy is a distinct trip that allows the reader to determine how students are made. The writers current fabric from their very own fieldwork to illustrate how those stories have been formed through their identities. eventually, each one essay indicates how the author's box reports have stimulated the theoretical and methodological offerings she has made all through her occupation. now not given that Diane Wolf's Feminist Dilemmas within the box or Hortense Powdermaker's Stranger and buddy have we had this kind of breadth of ladies anthropologists discussing the serious (and own) matters that emerge whilst doing ethnographic examine.

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Contributing to this synergistic approach—yet complicating it too—is the fact that the researcher and those under study often have much in common as a result of these matrices of domination. Conducting fieldwork, especially with other Black or nonwhite women, demands that the Black feminist anthropologist be simultaneously analytical, political, and reflexive. 44 It is in the synthesis of the Black feminist concept of the simultaneity of oppression with the African American anthropological tradition that the foundation for contemporary Black feminist anthropology becomes evident.

In effect, Black women in anthropology came to feminism not because of what they found there, but because of what they felt they could contribute to the analysis of gender inequality. 41 As products of the 1960s, and often as political workers inside and outside of the academy, Black feminists constructed an approach to race, class, and gender that brought it all home—linking anthropologists in a more integral way to the communities in which they worked and inviting the communities to speak back to anthropology.

Although most of the chapters grapple with issues of identity, power differentials of race, class, and gender, feminism, and nationalism in exotic places, far, far away, what better place to begin to engage in a tranformative praxis designed to impact policy and wider arenas of power than at home? ” Using a short story by Alice Walker, “Everyday Use,” as a way to forewarn of the potential alienation of Black intellectuals from the folk, Rodriguez traces how her own engagement with anthropology has been very much grounded in home and the folk.

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