Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora (Studies in Gender and History)

Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora (Studies in Gender and History)

By: Karen Flynn (author)Paperback

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Moving Beyond Borders is the first book-length history of Black health care workers in Canada, delving into the experiences of thirty-five postwar-era nurses who were born in Canada or who immigrated from the Caribbean either through Britain or directly to Canada. Karen Flynn examines the shaping of these women's stories from their childhoods through to their roles as professionals and community activists. Flynn interweaves oral histories with archival sources to show how these women's lives were shaped by their experiences of migration, professional training, and family life. Theoretical analyses from postcolonial, gender, and diasporic Black Studies serve to highlight the multiple subjectivities operating within these women's lives. By presenting a collective biography of identity formation, Moving Beyond Borders reveals the extraordinary complexity of Black women's history.

About Author

Karen Flynn is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois.


Introduction: Locating and Conceptualizing Black Women's Narratives * The Family as the Agent of Socialization *"I wouldn't be where I am today." Creating Moral Citizens through Church and School * The Sky is the Limit: Migration to Britain * Nurse Training and Education *"'I've always wanted to work'": Black Women and Professionalism * Combining Work, Family and Community * Nation Home and Belonging Conclusion Bibliography Appendix

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781442609952
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781442609952
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1442609958

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