By Katherine McKittrick
In a protracted past due contribution to geography and social thought, Katherine McKittrick bargains a brand new and robust interpretation of black women’s geographic idea. In Canada, the Caribbean, and the USA, black ladies inhabit diasporic destinations marked through the legacy of violence and slavery. examining different literatures and fabric geographies, McKittrick finds how human geographies are end result of the racialized connections, and the way areas which are fraught with challenge are underacknowledged yet significant websites of political competition. Demonic Grounds strikes among previous and current, data and fiction, conception and daily, to target areas negotiated via black ladies in the course of and after the transatlantic slave alternate. particularly, the writer addresses the geographic implications of slave public sale blocks, Harriet Jacobs’s attic, black Canada and New France, in addition to the conceptual areas of feminism and Sylvia Wynter’s philosophies. relevant to McKittrick’s argument are the ways that black ladies aren't passive recipients in their atmosphere and the way a feeling of position pertains to the fight opposed to domination. eventually, McKittrick argues, those advanced black geographies are alterable and should give you the chance for social and cultural swap. Katherine McKittrick is assistant professor of women’s experiences at Queen’s collage.
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Extra resources for Demonic Grounds: Black Women And The Cartographies Of Struggle
What is it about space, place, and blackness—the uneven sites of physical and experiential “diﬀerence”—that derange the landscape and its inhabitants? In order to begin thinking about these questions, it is important to highlight ﬁrst the understanding that racial domination and human injustices are spatially propped up by racial-sexual codes, particularly bodily codes, such as phenotype and sex. That is, racism and sexism produce attendant geographies that are bound up in human disempowerment and dispossession.
Building on the displacement of diﬀerence, I also suggest that the auction block opens up the possibility of human and bodily contestation: it creates a space through which black women can sometimes radically disrupt an otherwise rigid site of racialization and sexualization. I then read an excerpt from Robbie McCauley’s play Sally’s Rape as evidence of the historically present meaning of the auction block. Through the poetics of xxx introduction landscape, McCauley considers the auction block as a viable site of dramatic re-visitation and re-presentation: in Sally’s Rape, the auction block is evidence of our pasts, and of a historically speciﬁc geography that exacted subordinations; but it is also a way for McCauley to question how this legacy puts demands on our contemporary geographic arrangements.
14 Such conceptions of natural, transparent geographies, are discursively and materially built up and mapped; the outer-world is organized according to systems of power-domination, systems that have a stake in the continued objectiﬁcation of social spaces, social beings, and social systems. The linkages between transparent space and the space of the subject begin to clarify the ways in which black geographies can be conceptualized. While the power of transparent space works to hierarchically position individuals, communities, regions, and nations, it is also contestable—the subject interprets, and ruptures, the knowability of our surroundings.
Demonic Grounds: Black Women And The Cartographies Of Struggle by Katherine McKittrick