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Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality – Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence

Traci C. West


This book embraces a transnational Africana perspective as crucial for conceptualizing an end to gender violence in the United States. Locating herself as an African American Christian leader, Traci West candidly criticizes religious responses to black women victim-survivors in the U.S. as too culturally insular and complacent. Then, in an investigation stressing the role of religion and anti-black racism West explores a decidedly expansive and activist alternative moral approach linking African and African diaspora contexts. Lessons on the politics of intercultural encounters emerge as the re ... More

Keywords: gender violence, black women, racism, spirituality, religion, Christianity, Africana, African diaspora, rape, lesbian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479849031
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479849031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Traci C. West, author
Drew University

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Front Matter

Part I A Thirst for Truth-Telling: From the United States to Ghana

Part II Translating Knowledge: Between the United States and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Part III Time for Solidarity: With South Africa