Bell Hook - Black feminists - African-American women
Regardless of the racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have built up rich intellectual tradition they are well known off. The author investigates the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as other African-American women outside the feminist class. Patricia Hill adds up, interprets and emphasizes on the work of other prominent Black feminists such as Bell Hook.
The book and the ideas in the book are well crafted and provide first hand impression of the Black feminist thought. Patricia adopted a methodology that was essential to her work as it produced meaningful components. Her work has been characterized by massive rejection. She is against the western binary thoughts (Collins, 2000, p. x) and she declines to divide theory from everyday life. In addition, she rejects the idea of separating herself from her study and firmly involving herself both as an academic and an African- American descent. She has clear examples that are evident in her book that explains why she rejects most of the common aspects of a researcher. For example, she examines the extorts from slaves' and domestic workers' description of their lives and the lyrics that Black women have used in their music are considered as Black feminist thinkers and novelists. Her methodology has helped her to expand her research on Black feminist and help redefine the traditional definition and understanding of the term again intellectual.'
[...] The book and the ideas in the book are well crafted and provide first hand impression of the Black feminist thought. Patricia adopted a methodology that was essential to her work as it produced meaningful components. Her work has been characterized by massive rejection. She is against the western binary thoughts (Collins p. and she declines to divide theory from everyday life. In addition, she rejects the idea of separating herself from her study and firmly involving herself both as an academic and an African- American descent. [...]
[...] Black women should be given a chance of being heard and to forward their knowledge claims without them feeling that their position is deemed less credible than the White people (Collins p.290). She is standing tall and requesting a fair validation of knowledge for the Black feminist. Patricia Hill Collin is a distinguished author and Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She has worked principally on issues involving feminism and gender with an emphasis on African- American community. She has vast knowledge after well endowed research using numerous of sources such as poetry, music, film and oral history. Reference Collins, P.H. (2000) Black Feminist Thought. [...]
[...] In her book, she speaks out that all the U.S black women whom one way or another contribute to Black feminist thought as critical social theory are deemed to be intellectuals. Authors such as Jenifer Nash have criticized this notion who calls for more consequential engagements with issues pertinent to Black Feminism. Professor Collins does not provide an idea to alternative validation processes. What she does is believing that by being her own advocate of her own ideas, she will be able to validate her own knowledge. [...]
[...] She adds that knowledge can be biased to the dominant group, and that leads to the referred dominant group to have the power to silence the minority groups. The Black women in the U.S stumble as they try to manipulate the knowledge validation which is dominated by men. They end up looking for non academic theory. She suggests that reinterpreting the existing work through theoretical framework is one of the ways to develop the Black feminist thought. She also states that the Black feminist thoughts cannot only be spread through academic theories but also poetry and music. [...]
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