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Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender

The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain

Authors: Sobande, Francesca

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  • Fills an important gap in knowledge of the digital and everyday lives of Black women in Britain, particularly in relation to platforms such as YouTube and the changing landscape of media representation and resistance
  • Reflects on the narratives of Black women who were interviewed and analysis of Black women’s digital content production
  • Contributes to conversations concerning identity, inequality, and digital activity through thinking rooted in Black feminism and intersectionality
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Based on interviews and archival research, this book explores how media is implicated in Black women’s lives in Britain. From accounts of twentieth-century activism and television representations, to experiences of YouTube and Twitter, Sobande's analysis traverses tensions between digital culture’s communal, counter-cultural and commercial qualities.

Chapters 2 and 4 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

About the authors

Dr. Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, Wales. She is co-editor, with Akwugo Emejulu, of To Exist is To Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (2019).

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“Sobande’s book is a landmark study of Black British women and their double struggle with and for their media representations. Sobande’s playful text deftly shifts between media theory and digital practice in order to showcase how Black British women are re-making themselves through a variety of digital media.” —Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick, UK

 “This is an engaging, rigorously researched documentation of the culturally significant but often neglected digital experiences of Black women. As Sobande so vividly explains, this is a story rooted offline, one of intersecting ‘in real life’ oppressions and structural racism, a story grounded in the particular history of Black women in Britain organising and creating spaces for themselves.” —Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, reporter, editor and writer, UK

“This book adds to the important but limited literature on the realities of Black women's experiences in the UK. The book offers a timely and deft treatise of the digital strategies that Black British women use to navigate their world. Whether it's hair tutorial videos on YouTube or clever Twitter banter, Black women in Britain are using the internet in innovative ways and Francesca Sobande offers an excellent guide to these practices.”—Moya Bailey, Northeastern University, USA

“Sobande’s work thrusts open the doors of an area of limited research to date. Scholars, teachers and students alike will want to reach for this book time and time again. I know this will fast become a new favourite on the reading lists of my journalism students!” —Marverine Duffy, Birmingham City University, UK

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Why the Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain?

    Pages 1-27

    Sobande, Francesca

  • Black Women and the Media in Britain

    Pages 29-64

    Sobande, Francesca

  • Black Women’s Digital, Creative, and Cultural Industry Experiences

    Pages 65-100

    Sobande, Francesca

  • Black Women’s Digital Diaspora, Collectivity, and Resistance

    Pages 101-129

    Sobande, Francesca

  • (Un)Defining the Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain

    Pages 131-143

    Sobande, Francesca

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-46679-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46679-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46679-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46678-7
Series ISSN
2662-9364
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 149
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