Black Geographies and the Politics of Place

Black Geographies and the Politics of Place

Edited by Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods


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Black Geographies is an interdisciplinary collection of essays in black geographic theory. Fourteen authors address specific geographic sites and develop their geopolitical relevance with regards to race, uneven geographies, and resistance.

Multi-faceted and erudite, Black Geographies brings into focus the politics of place that black subjects, communities, and philosophers inhabit. Highlights include essays on the African diaspora and its interaction with citizenship and nationalism, critical readings of the blues and hip-hop, and thorough deconstructions of Nova Scotian and British Columbian black topography. Drawing on historical, contemporary, and theoretical black geographies from the USA, the Caribbean, and Canada, these essays provide an exploration of past and present black spatial theories and experiences.


Chapter 1 "No One Knows the Mysteries at the Bottom of the Ocean"
Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods
Chapter 2 Towards African Diaspora Citizenship: Politicizing an Existing Global Geography
Carole Boyce Davies and Babacar M'Bow
Chapter 3 "Sittin' on Top of the World": The Challenges of Blues and Hip Hop Geography
Clyde Woods
Chapter 4 Memories of Africville: Urban Renewal, Reparations, and the Africadaian Diaspora
Angel David Nieves
Chapter 5 "Freedom is a Secret"
Katherine McKittrick
Chapter 6 Henry Box Brown, an International Fugitive: Slavery, Resistance, and Imperialism
Suzette A. Spencer
Chapter 7 "A Realm of Monuments and Water": Lorde-ian Erotics and Shange's African Diaspora Cosmopolitanism
Kimberly N. Ruffin
Chapter 8 "The Lost Tribe of a Lost Tribe": Black British Columbia and the Poetics of Space
Peter James Hudson
Chapter 9 Deportable or Admissible?: Black Women and the Space of "Removal"
Jenny Burman
Chapter 10 Mapping Black Atlantic Performance Geographies: From Slave Ship to Ghetto
Sonjah Stanley Niaah
Chapter 11 Urban Revolutions and the Spaces of Black Radicalism
James A. Tyner
Chapter 12 Homopoetics: Queer Space and the Black Queer Diaspora
Rinaldo Walcott