African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation
Challenging the myth of African Canadian leadership "in crisis," this book opens a broad vista of inquiry into the many and dynamic ways leadership practices occur in Black Canadian communities. Exploring topics including Black women’s contributions to African Canadian communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, Black LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS advocacy, motherhood and grieving, mentoring, and anti-racism, contributors appraise the complex history and contemporary reality of blackness and leadership in Canada.
With Canada as a complex site of Black diasporas, contributors offer an account of multiple forms of leadership and suggest that through surveillance and disruption, practices of self-determined Black leadership are incompatible with, and threatening to, White "structures" of power in Canada. As a whole, African Canadian Leadership offers perspectives that are complex, non-aligned, and in critical conversation about class, gender, sexuality, and the politics of African Canadian communities.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 416 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
"The contributors bring a wide range of critical political theories to bear on this topic, but also, activist and community-based literatures and experiences, historical research, feminism and sexual politics. As a result, this book offers a deep context to the questions under consideration and the scope of the research presented is quite significant. Although the United States often looms large in any exploration of Canadian life, this book is decidedly and refreshingly Canadian centric with a nonetheless transnational bent, making it a distinct and important contribution. As the editors convincingly argue, Canadian racist practices are forever measured against our American neighbors, often deemed ‘not as bad or non-existent.’"
Ethnic and Racial Studies
"With sound research, this volume makes it clear that violence is evident in the socio-economic and political marginalization that African Canadians, and African Canadian leaders face as they spearhead community-based movements towards alleviating inequality."
Michele A. Johnson, Professor, Department of History, York University.
"African Canadian Leadership represents crucial academic intervention on Blackness and Canada."
Cecil Foster, Department of Transnational Studies, University at Buffalo
Author InformationTamari Kitossa is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University.
Erica S. Lawson is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at The University of Western Ontario.
Philip S.S. Howard is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Interrogating the Notion of Crisis in African Canadian Leadership
Tamari Kitossa, Brock University, Erica S. Lawson, University of Western Ontario, and Philip S.S. Howard
Part One: Models and Theories
1. Black Leadership and White Logic: Models of Community Engagement
Carl E. James, York University
2. War on Multiple Fronts: Black Leadership and Backlash Politics in the Context of Policing Controversies
Christopher J. Williams, Anti-Racism Directorate
3. African Canadian Leadership and the Metaphoricality of "Crisis": Toward Theorizing, Research, and Practice
Tamari Kitossa, Brock University
4. African Canadian Leadership: Pan-Africanism, Trans-nationality, and Community Organizing
Amoaba Gooden, Kent State University
Part Two: Women and Leadership
5. To Commit and to Lead: Black Women Organizing across Communities in Montreal
Rosalind Hampton, University of Toronto - OISE and Désirée Rochat, McGill University
6. Standing Firm on Uneven Ground: A Letter to Black Women on Academic Leadership
Annette Henry, University of Britsh Columbia
7. Mercy for Their Children: A Feminist Reading of Black Women’s Maternal Activism and Leadership Practice
Erica S. Lawson, University of Western Ontario
Part Three: Organizing and Mobilizing
8. Forging Fortuity, Asserting Humanity: The Emotional Labour and Resistance of Black Racial Equity Leaders in Predominantly White Institutions
Philip S.S. Howard
9. "Movin’ On Up" in the Age of Neoliberalism: Reflections on Black Middle-Class Consciousness and the Implications for Black Unity, Leadership, and Activism
Kevin Gosine, Brock University
10. Building Capacity and Making History: African Canadian Leadership in Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Sector
Shamara Baidoobonso, Research Committee of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
Part Four: The Politics of the Personal
11. Black Consciousness and the Sexual Politics of Black Leadership in Toronto: A Commentary
Wesley Crichlow, University of Ontario Institute Technology
12. "Is There No Balm in Gilead?" The Search for Radical Leadership in the Black Church of the Twenty-First Century
Paul Banahene Adjei, Memorial University
Part Five: Black Intellectuals
13. An Indigenous Africentric Perspective on Black Leadership
George J. Sefa Dei, University of Toronto - OISE
14. Just Below the Threshold: A Conversation with David Austin on Black Leadership
Sam Tecle, York University and David Austin, John Abbott College
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