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'Without community: there is no liberation': on #BlackGirlMagic and the rise of black women-centred collectives in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-17T16:15:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-17T16:15:15Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08-18 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11087
dc.description.abstract There is increasing global desire by and from black women to connect with other black women for identification, promotion of wellbeing, protection and love demonstrated by the hashtag movement: #BlackGirlMagic. In South Africa this movement has manifested through the rise of black woman-centred collectives who bring newfound power and urgency to contemporary black feminisms. These collectives are crafting unapologetic spaces centred on the lives and lived experience of black women; part of this experience is encouraging radical selflove and care as a community-building exercise. Self-love and the enrichment of other black women has become an important part of the contemporary revolutionary imagination; thus this article adopts Nancy Fraser's strategy of seeing 'identity politics' as a politics of recognition and justice. Seeing identity politics as a politics of recognition and justice becomes a helpful way of rethinking democratic politics in a socially unequal society. Already in the late 1960s, emerging from the Black Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko defined Black Consciousness as 'an inward-looking process' that rejects whiteness and seeks to instil in the black community self-determination and pride. Using the hashtag movement #BlackGirlMagic and collectives like For Black Girls Only, the iQhiya collective and the Feminist Stokvel, this article asks how recognition and identification can promote justice and selfdetermination. Justice here is understood in the way Fraser unpacks social justice, as requiring both recognition and redistribution. The article also illuminates how these black woman collectives operate in conversation with Audre Lorde, whose early writings on black radical thought and black women organising work as a kind of antecedent to what these burgeoning collectives are doing. In a world that seeks to devalue the myriad contributions of black women, this article is necessary documentation and testimony of the self affirming and revolutionary work that young black women are doing for and by themselves in their own spaces, the world over. I argue that the deliberate act of adopting 'a politics of recognition' 'where race, class and gender intersect' is a necessary step towards justice. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject SELF-ESTEEM en
dc.subject LIBERATION MOVEMENTS en
dc.subject SELF-EFFICACY en
dc.subject #BLACKGIRLMAGIC en
dc.title 'Without community: there is no liberation': on #BlackGirlMagic and the rise of black women-centred collectives in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 31(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9884 en
dc.PageNumber 28-41 en
dc.outputnumber 8793 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mahali, A. (2017) 'Without community: there is no liberation': on #BlackGirlMagic and the rise of black women-centred collectives in South Africa. <i>Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity</i>. 31(1):28-41. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mahali, A. en


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