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Birthing racial difference: conversations with my mother and others

Lewis, Gail (2009). Birthing racial difference: conversations with my mother and others. Studies in the Maternal, 1(1) pp. 1–21.

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Abstract

This article uses autobiographical material to explore how 'race' has operated as structuring principle in Britain since the end of the Second World War. It stages an encounter between lived experience (as revealed through memory) and psychoanalytic and sociological texts. The article attempts to show how 'life' is both captured by these traditions of thought and how it exceeds them. The focus is on the material and emotional registers of intersubjectivity across the divisions of black and white. The article is punctuated by brief moments of musical interruption which illustrate the pervasive presence of gendered, raced and sexed in artefacts of popular culture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Author
ISSN: 1759-0434
Keywords: identification; experience; racialised intersubjectivity; gender; autobiography
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 24629
Depositing User: Gail Lewis
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 10:24
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2014 13:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24629
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