Scattered Belongings: Cultural Paradoxes of Race, Nation and Gender

Scattered Belongings: Cultural Paradoxes of Race, Nation and Gender

Routledge an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group
240 pages
234×156 mm
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-415-17096-3

Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, Visiting Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Duke University

When the American golfer Tiger Woods proclaimed himself a “Caublinasian”, affirming his mixed Caucasian, Black, Native American and Asian ancestry, a storm of controversy was created.  This book is about people faced by the strain of belonging and not belonging within the narrow confines of the terms ‘Black’ or ‘White’.

This is a unique and radical study. It interweaves the stories of six women of mixed African/African Caribbean and white European heritage with an analysis of the concepts of hybridity and mixed race identity.

Table of Contents

  • Illustrations
  • Prologue
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Cracking the Coconut:Resisting Popular Folk Discourses on “Race,” “Mixed Race” and Social Hierarchies
  • 2. Returning(s):Relocating the Critical Feminist Auto- Ethnographer
  • 3. Setting the Stage:Invoking the Griot(te)Traditions as Textual Strategies
  • 4. Ruby
  • 5. Similola
  • 6. Akousa
  • 7. Sarah
  • 8. Bisi
  • 9. Yemi
  • 10. Let Blackness and Whiteness Wash Through: Competing Discourses on Bi-Racialization and the Compulsion of Genealogical Erasures
  • Epilogue
  • Select Bibiographies
  • Index
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