Cover: Fighting Feelings: Lessons in Gendered Racism and Queer Life, by Gulzar R. Charania. Photo: a person walking through a door, their body motion-blurred. The entire image is tinted orange.
304 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 May 2024
Release Date:01 Oct 2023
Release Date:01 Oct 2023
Release Date:01 Oct 2023

Fighting Feelings

Lessons in Gendered Racism and Queer Life

UBC Press

Racialized women and girls often feel racial injustice before they have the words to name it. Sometimes they fight these feelings, and sometimes they use these feelings to fight. In this important and revealing book, Gulzar Charania puts the experiences of women of colour at the centre of her investigation, sharing how they endure everyday racism, as well as its lasting impacts and exacting costs in their lives and educational trajectories.

Fighting Feelings highlights how the elasticity of white supremacy invites people of colour to be its accomplices, how interlocking forms of oppression force racialized queer women to calibrate the risk of expressing their sexuality, and how schools and the nation inform the development of racial literacy. Charania traces the complex convergences, and inseparability, of race, class, gender, and sexuality in women’s lives, and the divergent political horizons that racism fosters.

Told through a clear analytic lens, Fighting Feelings articulates racism as a structure, and explores the myriad ways it shapes the lives and political formation of women of colour. Charania’s analysis of the complexity of racism makes this book a critical and necessary contribution to our understanding of how white supremacy operates.

Readers engaged in social justice work or interested in the structures of racism in Canada will find valuable insights in this book, as will scholars and students of gender and women’s studies, sociology of race and critical race theory, and in departments of education.

This enlightening and affirming text investigates the memories women of color have of racialized violence and how differing narratives and emotions about white supremacy should be seen and encouraged instead of dismissed. On page 6, Charania literally says it’s ‘a book about race for the rest of us.’ It will provide deep relief and brilliant insights for many. Ms. Magazine
This book is such a gift: beautifully crafted, gently argued, and an empowering read for those of us struggling to live and love on our own terms. By listening carefully to stories shared by women of colour, Gulzar R. Charania teaches us to be curious about feelings, including those we fight. She shows what we would miss if we assumed racism and resistance take a certain form – that when structures are entrenched but subtle, experienced before they are named, resistance can be quiet. This is a profound, careful, and hopeful text. Sara Ahmed, author of The Feminist Killjoy Handbook
Fighting Feelings brings an unapologetic and fearless approach to analysing the emotional impacts of living with racism. Charania provides a rich and much-needed exploration of the complex and continually contradictory emotions, strategies, and effects that mark racialized lives, including the brutal harms we inflict on ourselves and others. Sarita Srivastava, professor, Sociology, OCAD University
Fighting Feelings is a deeply moving and timely meditation on racial literacy and racial justice, one that centres the voices of Black and racialized women with love and fierce commitment, without apology. Alissa Trotz, professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Gulzar Charania offers an incisive and fierce analysis of how racialized women learn to live in relation to white supremacy and the divergent political horizons that emerge from this. This book is absolutely vital. Suzanne Lenon, coeditor of Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging

Gulzar R. Charania is an associate professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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