Other kinds of dreams : black women's organisations and the politics of transformation
Sudbury, Julia (1997) Other kinds of dreams : black women's organisations and the politics of transformation. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Sociological accounts of political activism in African Caribbean and Asian
communities in Britain have largely overlooked the role of black women as agents and
have contributed toward an image of passivity, apathy and exclusion. This thesis
examines the black women's organisations which have emerged since the early 1970s.
Drawing on unpublished materials from over 30 organisations, participant observation
at conferences and meetings and semi-structured interviews with 25 women activists.
the thesis provides evidence that black women have been highly politically active
despite immense barriers, both internal and external to their communities.
This thesis explores the relevance of theoretical insights on identity formation,
diversity and difference to black women's organising. I argue that black women's
organisations have used a variety of strategies to manage the tension between the
desire for a nuanced and differentiated notion of black womanhood and the need for
political unity. In so arguing, I explore recent attacks on the term 'black', and identify
a number of strengths in its continuing usage as a political and cultural definition. I
also explore the extent to which increasing social stratification within black
communities has the potential to undermine this unity and to create incompatible
personal and organisational goals. Finally, I examine coalition building between black
women and black men, white women and the labour movement. I identify a number of
barriers to effective partnership but argue that there are a range of recent
developments which may open up the possibility of building coalitions for social
In conclusion, I argue that black women have formed independent organisations on the
basis of a broad-based and visionary politics of transformation which has a number of
unifying elements. These factors form the basis of a strategic unity which they have
forged across differences of ethnicity, religion, nationality, class and sexuality.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Women political activists, Women, Black -- Political activity -- Great Britain, Nonprofit organizations -- Political activity -- Great Britain|
|Official Date:||April 1997|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Sociology|
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