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Date of issue: March 18th 2004
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In this book, Patricia Hill Collins explores the question of why racism has persisted in the United States despite the elimination of legal discrimination. Specifically, she focuses on how popular culture and media replicate, resist, and reproduce old and new forms of discrimination through their portrayals of race, gender, class and sexuality. She complicates our understanding of racism in the post-Civil Rights era by highlighting its entanglement with heterosexism, classism, misogyny, and homophobia. She argues that for anti-racist politics to be successful in the twenty-first century that it must incorporate a more sophisticated politics of gender and sexuality -- one that does not push black women or black homosexuals to the margins in an effort to maintain so-called respectability.
This book would make a great addition to a course on the history of race in the United States. Just as W.E.B. Dubois showed how the color line defined the twentieth century and constrained the opportunities of African Americans in post-Civil War American, Collins details the challenges of fighting racism in a world where the color line seemingly has been erased. She points to the ways in which African-American popular culture both resists and reproduces racial stereotypes. But this book is NOT about blaming victim, but rather about the liberation of consciousness. In short she emphasizes the need to change both the system that confines peoples of color and people's of color reaction to that system, if real change is to take place. For Collins, that means that the African American community must adopt a progressive politics of gender and sexuality that no longer "mimics those of White men and women, but that reflects the needs of actual lived Black experience...In this context, Black people must rebel against existing Black sexual politics throughout the entire system; from the micro-politics that frame the one-on-one interactions of everyday life; through trying to change the ethos of the Black Church and other Black community organizations; through the micro-politics of building new social movements with other groups who are engaged in similar social justice initiatives...When it comes to issues of gender and sexuality, Black youth must lead the way in the next phase of antiracist struggle, because failing to do so virtually guarantees them an impoverished future (307)."
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Read information about the authorPatricia Hill Collins (born May 1, 1948) is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and the past President of the American Sociological Association Council.
Collins' work primarily concerns issues involving feminism and gender within the African-American community. She first came to national attention for her book Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, originally published in 1990.
Collins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1948. The only daughter of a factory worker and a secretary, Collins attended the Philadelphia public schools.
After obtaining her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in 1969, she continued on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Harvard University in 1970. From 1970 to 1976, she was a teacher and curriculum specialist at St Joseph Community School, among two others, in Boston. She continued on to become the Director of the Africana Center at Tufts University until 1980, after which she completed her doctorate in sociology back at Brandeis in 1984.
While earning her PhD, Collins worked as an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati beginning in 1982. In 1990, Collins published her first book, "Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment". A revised tenth anniversary edition of the book was published in 2000, and subsequently translated into Korean in 2009.
While working at Tufts, she married Roger L. Collins in the year 1977, a professor of education at the University of Cincinnati, with whom she has one daughter, Valerie L. Collins.
In 1990, Collins was the recipient of the prestigious C. Wright Mills Award. She was later awarded the Jessie Bernard Award by the American Sociological Association in 1993. For her book Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism (Routledge, 2005), she was presented the American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2007.
Collins is recognized as a social theorist, drawing from many intellectual traditions; her more than 40 articles and essays have been published in a wide range of fields, including philosophy, history, psychology, and most notably sociology. Moreover, Collins was the recipient of a Sydney Spivack Dissertation Support Award.
The University of Cincinnati named Collins The Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Sociology in 1996, making her the first ever African-American, and only the second woman, to hold this position. She received emeritus status in the Spring of 2005, and became a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. The University of Maryland named Collins a Distinguished University Professor in 2006.