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Healing Circles as Black Feminist Pedagogical Interventions

  • Jennifer L. Richardson
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Abstract

Richardson offers a theoretical paradigm shift in thinking about Black feminist praxis and pedagogy. This chapter explores ways Black feminist pedagogy reimagines the classroom and the work scholars can do with students. While the Black feminist tradition has historically included self-care, particularly in understandings of the erotic (Sister outsider, The Crossing Press, 1984), much has been lost in translation on the ground, in the classroom, in our research, and within the Academy (But what do we think we’re doing anyway: The state of black feminist criticism(s) or my version of a little bit of history. In Changing our own words: Essays on criticism, theory, and writing by black women, Rutgers University Press, 1989). The radical Black feminist tradition can guide us toward pedagogies that lead to transformative learning, and allow us simultaneously to transformative justice when we keep radical self-care and healing central in the classroom.

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  • Jennifer L. Richardson
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  1. 1.Gender and Women’s StudiesWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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