Embodied stories: African-Dutch women narrate (in)visibility and agency in the city of The Hague

Brenda Bartelink, Gabriela Bustamante, Lerina Kwamba, Sophia Lowe

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    Abstract

    The article explores African-Dutch women’s embodied stories of agency. It builds on participatory research carried out in the city of The Hague in the Netherlands, in which African-Dutch women were engaged in the process of making visual and material objects, that elicited storytelling. Discussing how agency is embodied, the article demonstrates how a focus on the body and materiality opens up perspectives on women’s agency and empowerment that often remains invisible. It also argues that such embodied stories offer counter- narratives to the more visible stories that are present in dominant discourses and interventions to empower women with migration backgrounds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-32
    Number of pages24
    JournalLOVA: tijdschrift voor feministische antropologie
    Volume41
    Publication statusPublished - 14-Dec-2020

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