Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
gdobson's review against another edition
Kept falling asleep and forgetting where I was. Couldn’t finish after 2 months of renewing the loan.
This book is an incredible work of critical social theory, one that provides a rare optimistic conclusion. It's complex and rich, but the writing is accessible enough for the lay reader to enjoy. I need to make a plan to revisit this book at least once a year.
This most likely would have been 5 stars if I had read a more recent edition. It got me thinking, and also reminded me that there's a lot more reading I need to do :0
A good balance between academic and everyday language...I did realize halfway through that the parts I was highlighting tended to be pithy one-liners from notable activists, which probably means a lot of the heavy scholarly analysis went way over my head. but still, an important read...
I definitely appreciate this work, and I think that everyone should read it. She clearly outlines the major facets of Black Feminism, and it is a primer for those interested in this critical social theory. However, I do find some statements to be contradictory, and I think it’s interesting whose work is used to undergird the theory, especially when certain scholars condemned Black Feminism as a term to define themselves and their work.