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Spirit, Space and Survival: African American Women in (White) Academe [Paperback]

Joy James , Ruth Farmer
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May 10, 1993 0415906377 978-0415906371 0
This text examines the dilemmas and contributions of African American women struggling with Eurocentric disciplines, students, faculty and administrators in predominantly white institutions. Weaving together spiritual and intellectual aspirations of African American women as a remedy to hostile and indifferent educational environments, this collection offers alternative approaches to learning, teaching and organization.

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  • Series: White Academe
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 10, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415906377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415906371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joy James is Visiting Professor/John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of the Humanities and College Professor in Political Science at Williams College. She has also written books such as Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics, Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals, and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture. Co-editor Ruth Farmer is "a poet, essayist, activist, and educator."

In their Introduction, the authors state, "(This book) is an anthology by the least institutionally empowered in academe: African American women working as untenured assistant professors, lower-echelon administrators, and artist-in-residence instructors... This book examines the dilemmas and contributions of African-American women struggling with Eurocentric disciplines, students, faculty, and administrators in predominantly White institutions. It also shares the pedagogies and strategies we use to manipulate, reform and transform disciplines for the development of education and our communities within and outside of academe. Raising questions about our work, roles, and identities, this writing presents both critiques of academia and autobiographical stories. We write to critically examine various oppressions reflected in and reinforced by academe."

In her Foreword to the book, Angela Davis (!) writes, "this anthology has inspired me to rethink my first encounter with the academic hierarchy.
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