Black Women and the Pleasures of Intellectual Work

Cheryl Wall

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What does it mean for a Black woman to choose to do intellectual work? In the twenty-first century, Black women, either by virtue of their academic careers or their vocations outside of institutional settings, pursue intellectual work for its own sake as well as in pursuit of collective goals. That is to say, they can acknowledge intellectual work as a source of personal fulfillment, indeed a source of joy in ways that earlier generations of Black women could not. At least that should be true. In fact, it remains difficult for Black women to own the joy that their engagement with ideas produces.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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