I Know who I Am: A Caribbean Woman's Identity in Canada

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Women's Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
Dr. Yvonne Bobb-Smith explores the knowledge and history of resistance of Caribbean women in Canada, using her own journey as a personal place from which to navigate the generalized experience of settlement and adjustment in the Diaspora. I Know Who I Am investigates the stories of forty-five Caribbean women of different backgrounds and heritages. Bobb-Smith presents their conceptualization of the experiences of racism and sexism in their everyday lives and their strategizing resistance. This book is about empowerment in the lives of Caribbean women. This empowerment is seen as an enabling mechanism to resist an "immigrant woman" identity, imposed through racism and sexism in the period of adjustment in Canada. Bobb-Smith uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine subjectivity, experience, agency, and resistance in the lived experiences of Caribbean women in Canada. She demonstrates that the historical past left a legacy of domination and resistance. She further shows how Caribbean women's activism in community organizing constructed an alternative women's movement in Canada. Her voice emerges as a strong contribution to the discourse of identity, and the re-imagining of "home" as an educative institution and process.

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I am using this book as a basis of research for writing a book about black women in the Caribbean as well as Canada and menopause. This book has provided invaluable information as background for my book. It provides a comprehensive foundation to anyone who needs to find out the strenghts of the Caribbean woman in Canada and the Caribbean. 


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Yvonne Bobb-Smith teaches Caribbean Studies both at Ryerson University and New College, University of Toronto.

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