Demonic Grounds Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle
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Description: IIn a long overdue contribution to geography and social theory, Katherine McKittrick offers a new and powerful interpretation of black womenrsquo;s geographic thought. In Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States, black women inhabit diasporic locations marked by the legacy of violence and slavery. Analyzing diverse literatures and material geographies, McKittrick reveals how human geographies are a result of racialized connections, and how spaces that are fraught with limitation are underacknowledged but meaningful sites of political opposition. Demonic Groundsmoves between past and present, archives and fiction, theory and everyday, to focus on places negotiated by black women during and after the transatlantic slave trade. Specifically, the author addresses the geographic implications of slave auction blocks, Harriet Jacobsrsquo;s attic, black Canada and New France, as well as the conceptual spaces of feminism and Sylvia Wynterrsquo;s philosophies. Central to McKittrickrsquo;s argument are the ways in which black women are not passive recipients of their surroundings and how a sense of place relates to the struggle against domination. Ultimately, McKittrick argues, these complex black geographies are alterable and may provide the opportunity for social and cultural change. Katherine McKittrick is assistant professor of womenrsquo;s studies at Queenrsquo;s University.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 5/3/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|Introduction: Geographic Stories|
|I Lost an Arm on My Last Trip Home: Black Geographies|
|The Last Place They Thought Of: Black Women's Geographies|
|The Authenticity of This Story Has Not Been Documented: Auction Blocks|
|Nothing's Shocking: Black Canada|
|Demonic Grounds: Sylvia Wynter|
|Conclusion: Stay Human|