Occupation of racial grief, loss as a resource : learning from ‘The Combahee River Collective Black Feminist Statement'

Nayak, S 2019, 'Occupation of racial grief, loss as a resource : learning from ‘The Combahee River Collective Black Feminist Statement'' , Psychological Studies .

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Abstract

The methodology of ‘occupation’ through rereading The Combahee River Collective Black Feminist Statement (The Combahee River Collective, in: James, Sharpley-Whiting (eds) The Black Feminist Reader. Blackwell Publishers Ltd., Oxford, pp 261–270, 1977) demonstrates the necessity of temporal linkages to historical Black feminist texts and the wisdom of Black feminist situated knowers. This paper argues that racism produces grief and loss and as long as there is racism, we all remain in racial grief and loss. However, in stark contrast to the configuration of racial grief and loss as something to get over, perhaps grief and loss can be thought about differently, for example, in terms of racial grief and loss as a resource. This paper questions Western Eurocentric paternalistic responses to Black women’s ‘talk about their feelings of craziness… [under] patriarchal rule’ (The Combahee River Collective 1977: 262) and suggests alternative ways of thinking about the psychological impact of grief and loss in the context of racism. In this paper, a Black feminist occupation of racial grief and loss includes the act of residing within, and the act of working with the constituent elements of racial grief and loss. The proposal is that an occupation of racial grief and loss is a paradoxical catalyst for building a twenty-first century global intersectional Black feminist movement.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Psychological Studies
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0033-2968
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Depositing User: Dr Suryia Nayak
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 11:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52428

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