Research note: black feminist theory for participatory theatre with migrant mothers

Erel, Umut and Reynolds, Tracey (2014). Research note: black feminist theory for participatory theatre with migrant mothers. Feminist Review, 108(1) pp. 106–111.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/fr.2014.20

Abstract

Black feminist scholarship has long identified the family as an ambiguous space: at once constituted through gendered, age-specific and other power relations and also a source of support against racist experiences in wider society (Carby 1982). Mothers, in particular, are charged with caring for children. This often includes transmitting cultural resources that enable children to develop positive cultural identities as an important resource helping to cope with racism (Hill Collins 1990, Reynolds 2005). This care and cultural work is not only limited to biological mother-child relationships, but women might engage in other-mothering, or bring their care and culture work to their community activism (Erel and Tomlinson 2005, Reynolds 2003). We have again returned to black feminist theory with our recent project ‘Migrant Mothers Caring for future Citizens’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to challenge such representations of immigrant mothers as outsiders to the nation who use services without having contributed to them.

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