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ERIC Number: EJ978691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Unpacking Black Feminist Pedagogy in Ethiopia
White, Aaronette M.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v21 n3 p195-211 2011
Intersectionality takes into account how inequalities of race, gender, class, and sexuality "intersect," or work in combined ways, in the lives of Black women and other women of color. As a holistic teaching approach, it also has relevance for all people, male and female, straight and gay, rich and poor, and along the various continuums between those poles. The challenge, when incorporating Black feminist pedagogy into teaching, is to center Black women's experiences while simultaneously demonstrating their humanistic relevance to other women and men. Black feminist pedagogical practices also require their proponents to engage in honest interrogation of their own identities--who the instructor "is" has as much to do with how that instructor "represents" feminism. In this article, the author describes the classroom dynamics that developed when she integrated Black feminist pedagogical principles into her feminist theory course in Ethiopia, an African nation in which ancient and modern cultures meet but do not always converge. Black feminist pedagogy in an African context required the author constantly to link the local and the global--as well as the personal and the political--to the theoretical. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; United States