By Sylvia Tamale
This compendium is a breath of fresh air for those frustrated with dominant narratives that feed into the (neo)colonial, Eurocentric and hetero-patriarchal projects. The authors engage in counter readings of conventional archives and produce knowledge from unconventional sources. What better way to decolonize knowledge production than theorizing gender and sexuality “from the bottom up” and approaching history “from the inside out”? Largely, but not exclusively, the focus is the Anglophone Caribbean experience, but its basic rationale and principles certainly hold useful lessons for all marginalized communities “othered” by dominant Western perspectives.
The 29 chapters are organized into seven thematic sections, extending from “History” to “Researching Gender and Sexualities”, to “Reflections on Positionality – Lessons from the Field.” Together, these provide a useful one-stop reference of Caribbean feminist research practices and methodologies spanning approximately 50 years. Only nine of the chapters are original texts, the rest being reprints that document historical depths and temporal shifts in methodological approaches.
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