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Black IntersectionalitiesA Critique for the 21st Century$
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Monica Michlin and Jean-Paul Rocchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319389

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.001.0001

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The Challenge of Black Feminist Desire: Abolish Property

The Challenge of Black Feminist Desire: Abolish Property

(p.211) 14 The Challenge of Black Feminist Desire: Abolish Property
Black Intersectionalities

Sabine Broeck

Liverpool University Press

This chapter recuperates a number of Black feminist texts between the 1970s and the 2000s. It reads the theoretical advances of black feminism’s history in the US as an epistemic rupture of contemporary White Gender Theory. Criticizing white Euro-American gender theory for its ahistorical denial of transatlantic modern enslavement and its role for the production of Western modern societies, it argues that black feminism, speaking against enslavement as a modern practice of making fungible property of black being, as well as against the post-abolition abjection of blackness, offers the most radical critique of (post)Enlightenment notions of subjectivity, freedom and thus also of gender.

Keywords:   abjection, anti-blackness, black feminism, fungibility, gender theory, post-Enlightenment, property, slavery, subjectivity, white feminism

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