Race, Culture, Gender and Space in Experiences of Violence and Abuse
CRiVA workshop with Dr Ava Kanyeredzi (University of East London)
11am - 1pm, Monday 15th October 2018
Room number to be confirmed
Abstract: In interviews with nine African and Caribbean heritage women on experiences of violence and abuse they attended to the spaces where abuse happened, the contexts that made abuse possible, how they were silenced in attempts to speak about abuse, conditioned into silence and staying silent for many years in the aftermath. Women negotiated racialised and gendered stereotypes about Black women, women in general as well as lived experiences of violence and abuse, and the influences on the body/self and expressions of freedom.
In processes of seeking support, race/culture evoked feelings of shame, family and community betrayal when the extent of violence and abuse experiences were revealed in counselling sessions. Women's awareness of race occurred both inside and outside of the home/social networks. When inside the home and social networks, race is experienced as control over their hairstyles, bodies, sexuality and aesthetic expressions exemplified through the phrase 'not black enough' and other racialised comments. When in public spaces, visceral sensations of being bodies out of place re-focused their attention to race.
Bio: Dr. Ava Kanyeredzi is a Lecturer on the Forensic, Clinical and Community Psychology programmes at the University of East London. Her research interests include, intersectional feminist perspectives on experiences of the body, violence and abuse, gender, race, culture, faith, mental distress and forensic psychiatric facilities using qualitative, visual/creative methods.
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