Date of Award

2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Sociology

First Advisor

Dorothy E. Roberts

Second Advisor

Guobin Yang

Abstract

“Bringing the Receipts: Black Feminist Theory and Intellectual Capital in the Age of Social Media,” asks what role Black feminist intellectuals in the digital sphere have played in shaping public and academic discourse around social inequality. Black feminists in the digital sphere are the thought leaders for a modern feminism characterized by (1) an ideological distinction between “civil rights” and “liberation;” (2) critiques of capitalism and nationalism, alongside class analysis; (3) the deconstruction of hierarchical power relations, with emphasis on children, queer and trans folk; and (4) the leadership of queer Black women. This project combines uses digital participant observation to explicate the impact of these frameworks as different audiences engage with contentious discourse about race and gender. I conclude that Black cyberfeminists are offering concrete ways to put intersectionality - the critical analysis of how multiple systems of oppression interoperate - into political practice.

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