A Place We Call Home
Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Funding for this project was made possible through a grant from the Ford Foundation and a subvention grant from Dean George Langford of the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Department of African American Studies, Sandra...
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1. An Introduction
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I worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997. Its mission statement continues to reflect my own life’s work of bearing witness to social injustice. One of the benefits of working for Greenpeace was that you acquire a number of T-shirts. Greenpeace protests are carefully organized spectacles,...
2. Welcome to the South Side
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At a recent reception held in a faculty member’s home, tucked into the quietly prosperous university neighborhood, I found myself standing among a group of other professors lamenting the difficult academic life while eating catered Indian food. I am just so busy. It’s hard for me to find time to write. Grading is so time-consuming....
3. Disruption and Dislocation of Black Spaces in Syracuse
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In my capacity as a Greenpeace campaigner, I was invited to become part of a mobilization to halt the licensing of a new nuclear-materials enrichment facility in northern Louisiana. The citizen’s group was called CANT, Citizens Against Nuclear Trash, and they were based in Homer, Louisiana...
4. Exploring Black Mothers’ Spatiality through Community Mapping
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A 1998 National Geographic study revealed that people in the United States have a poor grasp of global geography, particularly young Americans (RoperASW 2002). I suspect that most have extensive mental maps of their local communities. My own community map is quite convoluted,...
5. Women’s Photovoice from Belfast to the South Side
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The quotes above appear in separate Photovoice projects in two different countries. The first is from Jacqueline, a mother living near Monument Road, a community in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The second is from Faith, a young mom living in Syracuse. There is an unlikely connection...
6. Conclusion. Evaluating Spatial Strategies in Feminist Theorizing and Research
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My goal for this book was to build a bridge between Black feminist theory and environmental justice scholarship by expounding on the lived experiences of Black women in an impoverished urban neighborhood. To this end, my task was not only to point out the structural obstacles that...
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Page Count: 150
Illustrations: 34 illustrations
Publication Year: 2012