This is a work of cultural studies rooted in critical feminist thought that grapples with AfroSwedishness in relation to processes and experiences of racialization, imagination of self, and notions of belonging, agency, and kinship. Nana Osei-Kofi focuses on the function of diverse forms of critical cultural expressions, paying particular attention to their liberatory public pedagogical potential. Drawing from biographical narratives, documentary film, digital Black feminism, and queer organizing, Osei-Kofi offers insights into the embodied, affective, and experiential processes through which the formation of an emergent AfroSwedish coalitional identity is made possible. Through self-reflexive, structural, and community-based forms of exploration that resist binary oppositions, AfroSwedish Places of Belonging asks what the nomenclature of AfroSwede, AfroSwedish, and AfroSwedishness brings into being, what it makes possible, and what this means for Swedish society from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. This work brings together two identity categories that have historically been constructed as not only mutually exclusive but oppositional to detail the emergence of AfroSwedishness as a counterhegemonic and coalitional act. AfroSwedishness, Osei-Kofi argues, must be understood as a coalitional identity, one made legible through kinship-based community.
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Narrating the AfroSwedish Experience Chapter 2. AfroSwedish Life Stories on Prime-Time Chapter 3. AfroSwedish Digital Feminism Chapter 4. AfroSwedish Queer Organizing Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index
NANA OSEI-KOFI is professor emerita of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Oregon State University.
“This is an important book and a timely one, which provides a badly needed contribution to the global field of ethnic studies.” —Ursula Lindqvist, Gustavus Adolphus College
Learn more about upcoming publications, events, and news from Northwestern University Press.