By Patricia Hill Collins

Publish yr note: First released in 1990
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In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American ladies have built a wealthy highbrow culture that isn't widely recognized. In Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins explores the phrases and concepts of Black feminist intellectuals in addition to these African-American ladies outdoors academe.

She presents an interpretive framework for the paintings of such renowned Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. the result's a wonderfully crafted booklet that offers the 1st man made evaluate of Black feminist suggestion.

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Regardless of the particular intersections involved, structural, disciplinary, hegemonic, and interpersonal domains of power reappear across quite different forms of oppression. This issue of epistemology raises some difficult questions. I see the need to define the boundaries that delineate Black feminist thought from other arenas of intellectual inquiry. What criteria, if any, can be applied to ideas to determine whether they are in fact Black and feminist? What essential features does Black feminist thought share with other critical social theories, particularly Western feminist theory, Afrocentric theory, Marxist analyses, and postmodernism?

There is no essential or archetypal Black woman whose experiences stand as normal, normative, and thereby authentic. An essentialist understanding of a Black woman’s standpoint suppresses differences among Black women in search of an elusive group unity. Instead, it may be more accurate to say that a Black women’s collective standpoint does exist, one characterized by the tensions that accrue to different responses to common challenges. Because it both recognizes and aims to incorporate heterogeneity in crafting Black women’s oppositional knowledge, this Black women’s standpoint eschews essentialism in favor of democracy.

S. S. Black civil society. Placing the ideas of ordinary African-American women as 18 BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT well as those of better-known Black women intellectuals at the center of analysis produces a new angle of vision on Black women’s concerns. At the same time, Black feminist thought cannot be developed in isolation from the thought and actions of other groups. Thus, I also include the ideas of diverse thinkers who make important contributions to developing Black feminist thought. Black women must be in charge of Black feminist thought, but being in charge does not mean that others are excluded.

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