Learning to Hear the Silences

  • Ava Kanyeredzi


This chapter argues that Black women could benefit from support and acknowledgement not only for experiencing a continuum of oppression, but for the unacknowledged work they undertake to manage the emotional distress that is a consequence. Toni Morrison (1993) conceptualises a ‘unique social space’ for Black women to act or share lived experiences. The interview situation is an example of a unique social space. Culturally specific and specialised support agencies can also provide such spaces that enable Black women the safety to speak; however, such spaces are being eroded. Faith or religious spaces can also serve this function, with the caveat that they are non-judgemental and non-oppressive.


Safe spaces Shadow work Black women 


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  • Ava Kanyeredzi
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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