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Blackness at the Intersection
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Blackness at the Intersection (Hardback)

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In the 1980s, Professor Kimberle Crenshaw first coined the term 'intersectionality'. Since then, the concept has spread across national and disciplinary boundaries, and has had a transformative impact on the way in which we understand identity and the experience of discrimination. But outside the US, the application of intersectional theory has largely been disconnected from any analysis of 'Blackness', despite intersectionality's origins in critical race theory (CRT). Precisely how intersectionality is shaping articulations of and political advocacy around Blackness therefore remains to be examined.

Curated by Crenshaw as well as several of the leading scholars of CRT, this collection bridges that gap, and is the first to apply both these concepts to contexts outside the US. Focusing on Blackness in Britain, the contributors examine how scholars and activists are employing intersectionality to foreground Black British experiences. By focusing intersectionality in this way, the collection seeks to recover intersectionality's foundations within CRT, and to link intersectionality to Black diasporic experiences. Its essays encompass key issues such as gender and Black womanhood, issues of representation within contemporary British culture, and the position of Black Britons within institutions such as the family, education and health. The book also looks to the role intersectionality can play in shaping future political activism, and in forging links beyond 'Blackness' to other social movements.

Kimberle Crenshaw is Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She is also a civil rights advocate and one of the leading theorists of critical race studies, as well as being the first scholar to coin the term 'intersectionality'. Her previous works include Critical Race Theory (with Neil Gotanda, 1996), Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality against Black Women (with Andrea J. Ritchie, 2016) and On Intersectionality: Essential Writings (2019). Devon Carbado is an Associate Vice Chancellor and the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He was the inaugural recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education. His previous works include Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America (with Mitu Gulati, 2013) and Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction (edited with Don Weise and Dwight McBride, 2011). Kehinde Andrews is a journalist, author and educator, as well as being one of the UK's leading Black British political voices. He is associate professor in sociology at Birmingham City University, a regular writer for the Guardian and Independent and editor of the series "Blackness in Britain". He launched the first Black Studies degree in Europe, is Chair of The Black Studies Association and of The Organisation of Black Unity. He regularly appears on television and radio. Annabel Wilson is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University, currently preparing a thesis on 'mixed race' families, identity and educational experiences in the UK.

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