Black Intersectionalities

BookBlack Intersectionalities

Black Intersectionalities

A Critique for the 21st Century

FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies), 1

2014

January 15th, 2014

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Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century explores the complex interrelationships between race, gender, and sex as these are conceptualised within contemporary thought. Markers of identity are too often isolated and presented as definitive, then examined and theorised, a process that further naturalises their absoluteness; thus socially generated constructs become socialising categories that assume coercive power. The resulting set of oppositions isolate and delimit: male or female, black or white, straight or gay. A new kind of intervention is needed, an intervention that recognises the validity of the researcher’s own self-reflexivity. Focusing on the way identity is both constructed and constructive, the collection examines the frameworks and practices that deny transgressive possibilities. It seeks to engage in a consciousness raising exercise that documents the damaging nature of assigned social positions and either/or identity constructions. It seeks to progress beyond the socially prescribed categories of race, gender and sex, recognising the need to combine intellectualization and feeling, rationality and affectivity, abstraction and emotion, consciousness and desire. It seeks to develop new types of transdisciplinary frameworks where subjective and political spaces can be universalized while remaining particular, leaving texts open so that identity remains imagined, plural, and continuously shifting. Such an approach restores the complexity of what it means to be human.

About The Author

Monica Michlin teaches at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Jean-Paul Rocchi teaches at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half-title2
Title page4
Copyright page5
Contents6
Introduction8
Chapter 228
Part I42
Chapter 343
Chapter 458
Chapter 575
Part II90
Chapter 691
Chapter 7105
Chapter 8121
Part III134
Chapter 9135
Chapter 10152
Chapter 11165
Part IV184
Chapter 12185
Chapter 13202
Chapter 14218
Contributors232
Index238