Johns Hopkins University Press
Feminists' negotiations of academic spaces are often facilitated by allies who act as bridges for us. We interviewed three pairs of women who are friends, colleagues, or partners and analyzed their stories for notions of how they were enacting bridgework for each other within the context of fluid identities, and shifting power relationships. We find that bridgework happens primarily along three axes in these relationships: bridging to community, bridging to power, and bridging to consciousness. This paper unpacks the differentials of bridgework done by differently racialized bodies as a means to understanding the conditions for belonging those bodies evoke. We theorize three components to doing empowering and possibly transgressive bridgework: (1) embody bridges in ways that connect to something else, rather than becoming the site of power differentials; (2) construct bridges as temporary means of crossing; and (3) include a spiritual aspect to the political work.
Malhotra, Sheena and Pérez, Kimberlee, "Belonging, Bridges, and Bodies" (2005). Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Submissions. 6.
Sheena Malhotra, & Kimberlee Pérez. (2005). Belonging, Bridges, and Bodies. NWSA Journal, 17(2), 47-68.
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