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By Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Kathryn T. Gines, Donna-Dale L. Marcano, George Yancy, Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Various themes—race and gender, sexuality, otherness, sisterhood, and agency—run all through this assortment, and the chapters represent a collective discourse on the intersection of Black feminist proposal and continental philosophy, converging on the same set of questions and issues. those convergences should not random or compelled, yet are in lots of methods average and worthwhile: an analogous problems with employer, id, alienation, and tool necessarily are addressed by means of either camps. by no means earlier than has a bunch of students labored jointly to check the assets those traditions can supply each other. via bringing the connection among those severe fields of suggestion to the leading edge, the publication will inspire students to interact in new dialogues approximately how every one can tell the opposite. If modern philosophy is through the truth that it may be too restricted, too closed, too white, too male, then this groundbreaking e-book confronts and demanding situations those difficulties.

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R. Keizer (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007), 165. The context for Christian’s remark concerns the role of black women in the 1960s and 70s. During the Civil Rights era African-Americans came to voice in increasing numbers, but as many have pointed out sexism with civil rights movements meant that black women’s voices were once again marginalized. The case was the same with movements for women’s liberation, as white middle-and upper-class women were increasingly heard, but African-American, Latina, queer, and third-world women’s 32 Convergences voices had a much harder time finding a stage on which to be heard.

Patricia Hill Collins, Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998), 144; emphasis added. 34. Alcoff, “Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism,” 338. 35. Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2000), 203. 36. Collins, Fighting Words, 145. 37. Beverly Guy-Sheftall 2000, 36. 38. Though Truth’s arm by no means has a single meaning. It could just as well reinforce stereotypical images that masculinized black women and, thus, supported dominant views of white women’s comparative fragility.

12 The trouble arises not because there has been an appeal to experience; rather it is when experience is understood ahistorically, reflecting the assumption that both the individual and the experience arise organically from the way the world is, that political recuperation becomes possible and even likely. When experience is taken as the origin of knowledge, the vision of the individual subject . . becomes the bedrock of evidence on which explanation is built. Questions about the constructed nature of experience, about how subjects are constituted as different in the first place, about how one’s vision is structured—about language (or discourse) and history—are left aside.

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