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Title: Understanding young Black female subjectivity : theorising the interrelations of 'race' and gender
Author: Weekes, Debbie
ISNI:       0000 0001 3565 2664
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 1997
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This study is concerned with exploring the way that a group of young African Caribbean women attempted to construct their subjectivities as both Black and female. The research will examine Black female identity construction through looking at the way that particular discourses of 'race' and gender can position Black women ambiguously. For example, understandings of Black identity both within social sciences literature, and more popular representations, have often constructed the concept of 'race' as either without gendered differentiation or in ways which are often masculine (Mama 1995). Understandings of youth and adolescence have also been criticised for representing the experiences of young men (Nava 1984, Hudson 1984). Similarly, Black feminists have historically criticised feminism for positing an image of womanhood which excludes Black women (hooks 1981, Carby 1982). This study will suggest that these 'silences' on the experiences of Black women can have specific implications for the way that they construct their identities. The research therefore is based on looking at the ways that young Black women attempt to render their identities 'visible'. Based on a series of interviews conducted with young Black women aged between 12-16 in schools and youthclubs, the study will explore how young Black women respond to the way they are (un)represented within racial, gendered and age-related discourses. Through highlighting how young women talk about how their identities are represented in various discourses and their understandings of the relationship between constructs of Blackness and Whiteness, the study will explore whether these young women attempt to subvert the way they are represented in discourses of 'race' and gender, or if their under-representation in discourse results in the construction of ambiguous identities. Specifically the study will ask whether interrelating Blackness and femaleness is used as one way of countering the invisibility of Black women. The research will also attempt to integrate social constructionist and Black feminist methodological approaches to an analysis of Black female subjectivity and analyse interview text through 'reading' the wider discourses of 'race' and gender which operate through them. Through this, the research will attempt to render the subjectivities of young Black women both theoretically and empirically visible.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Black feminism; Black popular culture