New Book: “Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments”


Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), a collection of essays on Indo-Caribbean feminist thought and praxis edited by Gabrielle Hosein and Lisa Outar, is now available for pre-ordering.

Eudine Barriteau (University of the West Indies-Cave Hill) writes: “Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought constitutes a ground-breaking, boundary-shifting body of work in Caribbean feminist thought. Drawing on transdisciplinary locations and fluid identities, the contributors displace the polarity of a hegemonic, diaspora-centered location by employing transnational, transoceanic and transdisciplinary analytical tools. A most exciting turn is their insistence that to privilege the diverse particularities and trajectories of Indo-Caribbean feminist thought is not an attempt to escape being situated in a broader framework of Caribbean feminisms.”

Description: Bringing together three generations of scholars, thinkers and activists, this book is the first to trace a genealogy of the specific contributions Indo-Caribbean women have made to Caribbean feminist epistemology and knowledge production. Challenging the centrality of India in considerations of the forms that Indo-Caribbean feminist thought and praxis have taken, the authors turn instead to the terrain of gender negotiations among Caribbean men and women within and across racial, class, religious, and political affiliations.  Addressing the specific conditions which emerged within the region and highlighting the cross-racial solidarities and the challenges to narratives of purity that have been constitutive of Indo-Caribbean feminist thought, this collection connects to the broader indentureship diaspora and what can be considered post-indentureship feminist thought. Through examinations of literature, activism, art, biography, scholarship and public sphere practices, the collection highlights the complexity and richness of Indo-Caribbean engagements with feminism and social justice.

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