12 Aug 2020
New Book Release: ‘The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain’ by Dr. Francesca Sobande
Based on interviews and archival research, this book explores how media is implicated in Black women’s lives in Britain. From accounts of twentieth-century activism and television representations, Sobande’s analysis traverses tensions between digital culture’s communal, counter-cultural and commercial qualities.
The book fills an important gap in knowledge of the digital and everyday lives of Black women in Britain, particularly in relation to platforms such as YouTube and the changing landscape of media representation and resistance.
It reflects on the narratives of Black women who were interviewed and analysis of Black women’s digital content production, and contributes to conversations concerning identity, inequality, and digital activity through thinking rooted in Black feminism and intersectionality.
Table of contents (5 chapters):
- Why the Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain? – Pages 1-27
- Black Women and the Media in Britain – Pages 29-64
- Black Women’s Digital, Creative, and Cultural Industry Experiences – Pages 65-100
- Black Women’s Digital Diaspora, Collectivity, and Resistance – Pages 101-129
- (Un)Defining the Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain – Pages 131-143
About the Author:
Dr. Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, Wales. She is co-editor, with Akwugo Emejulu, of To Exist is To Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (2019).
The book is available to pre-order here