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Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge Classics) Paperback – September 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0415964722 ISBN-10: 0415964725 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415964725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415964722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With the publication of Black Feminist Thought, black feminism has moved to a new level. Her work sets a standard for the discussion of black women's lives, experiences, and thought that demands rigorous attention to the complexity of these experiences and an exploration of a multiplicity of responses." -- Women's Review of Books

About the Author

Patricia Hill Collins (1948-) is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Black Feminist Thought is the best known of the many published works that have made her one of the leading American thinkers of our day.

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And she does it by covering quite interesting topics!
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Using an interdisciplinary framework, Hill Collin’s own work gives voice to oral histories, poetry, fiction, music history, and more.
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One of the most important pieces of oppositional knowledge to emerge in 20th century sociology.
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Patricia Hill Collins’ *Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment* develops an intersectional approach to the analysis of oppression.

Collins argues that African-American women are uniquely positioned to understand how oppression works because of their experiences at the intersections of race, gender and class based oppressions.

Using an interdisciplinary framework, Hill Collin’s own work gives voice to oral histories, poetry, fiction, music history, and more. Black Feminist Thought is a very readable and enjoyable text, but it also will make readers think hard about the nature of oppression on multiple levels. Readers will also explore the nature of resistance, from where the next effective forms of resistance will emerge, and what these will look like.

Readers interested in these topics will also enjoy Audre Lorde and Maria Lugones’ work - see *Sister Outsider* and *Pilgrimages Peregrinajes*, respectively.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 16, 2011
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Patricia Hill Collins, (born 1948) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, as well as past President of the American Sociological Association Council. She has also written the books Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities (Simmons College/Beacon Press Race, Education, and Democracy), Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (Contradictions of Modernity), and Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology.

She wrote in the Preface to this 1991 book, "This book reflects one stage in my ongoing struggle to regain my voice. Over the years I have tried to replace the external definitions of my life forwarded by dominant groups with my own self-defined standpoint... Finally, writing this book has convinced me of the need to reconcile subjectivity and objectivity in producing scholarship... I discovered that the both/and conceptual stance of Black feminist thought allowed me to be both objective and subjective, to possess both an Afrocentric and a feminist consciousness, and to be both a respectable scholar and an acceptable mother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By helpfulshopper on November 29, 2014
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I love this book or a few chapters of it
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By Artist on April 12, 2013
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I strongly recommend this book if you are looking to understand feminism and how race, gender, class and sexuality are pivotal in understanding one's place and identity in the world...
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This book has been a godsend for me in my research on Black feminism. She categorizes each topic and makes it easy to follow her theories.
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