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Victoria Okoye

University of Sheffield

Black Feminist and (Post)Colonial Geographies

This is a compilation of sources for critical spatial reading of space in global south contexts – drawing primarily from feminist and postcolonial and decolonial theory, focusing on works within the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, and geography, and focusing on the lived experiences of Black peoples (Africa and the Diaspora) navigating the built environment in global south contexts. In framing the “global south,” I borrow the definition used by theorist Boaventura de Sousa Santos: “the global South is not a geographical concept, even though the great majority of its populations live in countries of the Southern hemisphere. The South is rather a metaphor for the human suffering caused by capitalism and colonialism on the global level, as well as for the resistance to overcoming or minimising such suffering. It is, therefore, an anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-imperialist South. It is a South that also exists in the geographic North (Europe and North America), in the form of excluded, silenced and marginalised populations, such as undocumented immigrants, the unemployed, ethnic or religious minorities, and victims of sexism, homophobia, racism and islamophobia” (de Sousa Santos, 2016: 18-19). 

Source: Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2016). “Epistemologies of the South and the Future.” From the European South, 1: 17-29.

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