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Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance

Claiming a Seat at the Table

Edited by Sonja M. Brown Givens and Keisha Edwards Tassie - Contributions by Olga I. Davis; Atika Chaudhary; Gary L. Lemons; Fatima Z. Chrifi Alaoui; Raquel Moreira; Krishna Pattisapu; Salma Shukri; Bernadette M. Calafell; Christie Burton; Cantice Greene; Tangela Serls; Yakini Kemp; Manoucheka Celeste; Sara P. Diaz; Angela B. Ginorio; Ralina L. Joseph; Reynaldo Anderson; Rondrea Mathis and Diane Price-Herndl

Contemporary research on the lives and experiences of women of color tends to neglect the influence of women’s perceived access to voice as they manage tensions related to race, class, and gender. Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance: Claiming a Seat at the Table contributes to current dialogues that construct Black Feminist Theory as active, critical engagement within dominant American institutions that oppress women of color in their daily lives. Women of color face unique social challenges that exist at the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. While some challenges are common to women of color, others reflect the distinct journey each woman makes as she negotiates her identity within her family, professional circle, social and romantic relationships, and community. The editors have constructed a rich collection of voices in this work exploring the politics of women of color across various social contexts. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 184Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-8558-2 • Hardback • March 2014 • $84.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4985-5726-9 • Paperback • April 2017 • $42.99 • (£29.95)
978-0-7391-8559-9 • eBook • March 2014 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Sonja Brown Givens is associate dean for the Niagara Frontier Region at SUNY Empire State College.

Keisha Edwards Tassie is associate professor of communication at Morehouse College.
Table of Contents

Olga I. Davis

Part I: Finding Voice in silencing environments
Chapter 1: Finding our voices: Connecting across time, space, age, race, and profession
Atika Chaudhary and Gary L. Lemons

Chapter 2: My name is not Maria/Samira: On the interchangeability of Brownness in U.S. pedagogical contexts
Fatima Z. Chrifi Alaoui, Raquel Moreira, Krishna Pattisapu, Salma Shukri and Bernadette M. Calafell

Chapter 3: Current perspectives on the intersectionality of military women
Christie Burton

Chapter 4: Writing for ourselves: Voicing as therapy in and outside of the classroom
Cantice Greene

Chapter 5: “You speak Ebonics right?!”: My struggle to come to Voice within the academy
Tangela Serls and Yakini Kemp

Part II: Using Voice to resist silencing
Chapter 6: A resistance story: Negotiating the institutional and material through collectivity
Manoucheka Celeste, Sara P. Diaz, Angela B. Ginorio and Ralina L. Joseph

Chapter 7: Black Atlantic heretics of Empire 1919-1965: The Caribbean intersectionality of Amy Jacques Garvey, Elma Francois and Claudia Jones
Reynaldo Anderson

Chapter 8: Teaching autocritiography by women of color feminists: Writing to save our own lives
Gary L. Lemons

Chapter 9: I came with resistance in mind: Teaching and learning as a Black woman at a predominately White institution / Aiming at Solidarity: Teaching and learning as a White woman at a predominately White Institution
Rondrea Mathis and Diane Price-Herndl
This compelling collection lifts the voices of diverse feminist/womanist scholars who ardently articulate complexities of identity politics across a rich range of contemporary contexts.
Brenda J. Allen, University of Colorado at Denver

Iconic feminist Anna Julia Cooper’s impassioned plea for women to muster the creativity and ingenuity needed to successfully cultivate a collective literary and rhetorical voice of resistance and reason has come deftly home to roost in this illuminating scholarly work, Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance: Claiming a Seat at the Table. This is a masterful deconstruction of the posturing, privileged power positions routinely portioned out to everyone except women of color. Bold, brash, brilliant!
Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Armstrong Atlantic State University