This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation

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Gloria Anzaldua, Analouise Keating, eds.

ROUTLEDGE, 2002

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Review by Mridula Nath Chakraborty

"Twenty years ago we struggled with the recognition of difference within the context of commonality. Today we grapple with the recognition of commonality within the context of difference."

In the preface to this long-awaited anthology by radical women of colour, Gloria Anzaldua spells out again what it means to conduct an oppositional feminist politics within white settler colonies. Its precursor, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour (1983), is one of the most cited books in feminist bibliographies. This new collection of essays, poems, reminiscences, memoirs and stories takes stock of, and interrogates, the strides made by the movement (if the range of politics conducted by women of colour in diverse fields can be termed one movement). It raises questions about why such a book is still needed to define and redefine parameters of being bodies of colour in a dominant culture that views difference with suspicion, hostility and intolerance. But instead of reproducing binaries, this book offers directions for anyone interested in issues of global equity and local justice. …