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Where Freedom Rings

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This project examines the struggles of women of color in the South in and around their family. Centering women and their families in a political context of a white supremacist state allows me to examine the racial and gendered nature of the US and reveals permutations of liberatory action that women engage in to protect their families. This project constructs a new theoretical understanding of racial and illiberal spaces in the US, and examines how illiberal spaces in the US produce viable forms of racial contestation. I argue that Black women are not only central to the development of oppositional communities, the political implications of the work African American women are doing in illiberal spaces has the potential to extend to other subjugated communities. Examining the ways in which women of color consistently struggle against their placement in an illiberal political location presents a new way of thinking about the strategic nature of their political struggles. Specifically, I argue that the struggles of Black women for their families are sites that hold the potential for rethinking democratic action. By merging theory, history, and ethnography this project reveals how the lives of these women must be examined through an alternate theoretical lens. Doing so reveals a long history of women developing dual power strategies that challenge illiberal actions by the state. Furthermore, these women demonstrate how the family can potentially be a liberatory space, empowering for women, challenge racial and gender constructions, and provide a strategic model for political action.
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Harris, Traci. "Where Freedom Rings" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 05, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438716_index.html>

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Harris, T. , 2011-01-05 "Where Freedom Rings" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438716_index.html

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Abstract: This project examines the struggles of women of color in the South in and around their family. Centering women and their families in a political context of a white supremacist state allows me to examine the racial and gendered nature of the US and reveals permutations of liberatory action that women engage in to protect their families. This project constructs a new theoretical understanding of racial and illiberal spaces in the US, and examines how illiberal spaces in the US produce viable forms of racial contestation. I argue that Black women are not only central to the development of oppositional communities, the political implications of the work African American women are doing in illiberal spaces has the potential to extend to other subjugated communities. Examining the ways in which women of color consistently struggle against their placement in an illiberal political location presents a new way of thinking about the strategic nature of their political struggles. Specifically, I argue that the struggles of Black women for their families are sites that hold the potential for rethinking democratic action. By merging theory, history, and ethnography this project reveals how the lives of these women must be examined through an alternate theoretical lens. Doing so reveals a long history of women developing dual power strategies that challenge illiberal actions by the state. Furthermore, these women demonstrate how the family can potentially be a liberatory space, empowering for women, challenge racial and gender constructions, and provide a strategic model for political action.


Similar Titles:
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Freedom, Inequality, and Exclusion: Freedom of Association and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy


 
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