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ERIC Number: EJ831136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Black Canadian Feminist Thought: Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in the Academy
Wane, Njoki Nathani
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v12 n1 p65-77 Mar 2009
This paper is based on on-going research on feminist theorizing among women of African ancestry in Canada. The women's residency in Canada ranges from those who were born here to those who migrated in the last five years. The paper highlights stories of 16 women's experiences in the academy and concentrates mainly on their stories of agency, resiliency, survival skills and healing strategies as they navigate through the halls of academe. Their measure of success was on how self-reliant they were; how well they connected with Black communities; how well they were grounded in terms of their spiritual practices; and how successful they were in challenging the status quo. These women were acutely aware of the Black woman super-strength stereotype. However, they did not fall prey to misguided societal notions of Black women's resiliency. Most women emphasized education as one of the transformative tools within their communities and many felt that it was one of the vehicles through which they could dismantle and transform the social and political barriers for Black people. What emerges from the reflections of these women is a realization of the importance of engaging in analyses of success, rather than focusing on experiences of injustice. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada