The contributors to The Black Geographic explore the theoretical innovations of Black Geographies scholarship and how it approaches Blackness as historically and spatially situated. In studies that span from Oakland to the Alabama Black Belt to Senegal to Brazil, the contributors draw on ethnography, archival records, digital humanities, literary criticism, and art to show how understanding the spatial dimensions of Black life contributes to a broader understanding of race and space. They examine key sites of inquiry: Black spatial imaginaries, resistance to racial violence, the geographies of racial capitalism, and struggles over urban space. Throughout, the contributors demonstrate that Blackness is itself a situating and place-making force, even as it is shaped by spatial processes and diasporic routes. Whether discussing eighteenth- and nineteenth-century abolitionist print records or migration and surveillance in Niger, this volume demonstrates that Black Geographies is a mode of analyzing Blackness that fundamentally challenges the very foundations of the field of geography and its historical entwinement with colonialism, enslavement, and imperialism. In short, it marks a new step in the evolution of the field.
Contributors. Anna Livia Brand, C.N.E. Corbin, Lindsey Dillon, Chiyuma Elliott, Ampson Hagan, Camilla Hawthorne, Matthew Jordan-Miller Kenyatta, Jovan Scott Lewis, Judith Madera, Jordanna Matlon, Solange Muñoz, Diana Negrín, Danielle Purifoy, Sharita Towne
Introduction. Black Geographies: Material Praxis of Black Life and Study / Camilla Hawthorne and Jovan Scott Lewis 1 Part I. Praxis 1. Call Us Alive Someplace: Du Boisian Methods and Living Black Geographies / Danielle Purifoy 27 2. Shaking the Basemap / Judith Madera 50 3. “My Bad Attitude toward the Pastoral”: Race, Place, and Allusion in the Poetry of C. S. Giscombe / Chiyuma Elliott 72 Part II. Resistances 4. Blackness Out of Place and In Between in the Sahara / Ampson Hagan 97 5. Words Re(en)visioned: Black and Indigenous Languages for Autonomy / Diana Negrin 124 6. Blackness in the (Post)Colonial African City / Jordanna Matlon 145 7. Mariella Franco and Black Spatial Imaginaries / Solange Munoz 167 Part III. Futurity 8. Rendering Gentrification and Erasing Race: Sustainable Development and the (Re)visioning of Oakland, California, as a Green City / C. N. E. Corbin 189 9. “Need Black Joy?”: Mapping an Afrotechtonics of Gathering in Los Angeles / Matthew Jordan-Miller Kenyatta 213 10. The San Francisco Blues / Lindsey Dillon 246 11. Today Like Yesterday, Tomorrow Like Today: Black Geographies in the Breaks of the Fourth Dimension / Anna Livia Brand 264 12. A Black Geographic Reverie & Reckoning in Ink and Form / Sharita Towne 287 Contributors 323 Index 327
Camilla Hawthorne is Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean, and coeditor of The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders and Citizenship.
Jovan Scott Lewis is Associate Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Violent Utopia: Dispossession and Black Restoration in Tulsa, also published by Duke University Press, and Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica.
“This volume takes on the monumental task of pulling together scholarship from different geographic areas, time periods, and disciplines to put forth a view on the current state of Black Geographies while gesturing toward new futures. Pushing the field, The Black Geographic is a defining text.”
~Ashanté M. Reese, author of, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.
“The Black Geographic will continue to extend and push the tradition of Black Geographies in fresh, insightful, and important new ways through the insights of the newest generation of scholars who are defining and redefining the terrain of these discussions and debates. A superb collection.”
~Nik Heynen, Distinguished Research Professor of Geography, University of Georgia