Glossary of Terms
- Afrofuturism: A definition by Ytasha Womack: “Afrofuturism differs from traditional science fiction in a host of ways. For one, it values mysticism and nonlinear thought. The aesthetic embraces a fluid relationship between the past, present, and future, with artistic representations and poetics speaking of all three as one… While the futurist of the early 20th century hailed all technology as progressive, Afrofuturists do not. In fact, race is referred to as a technology. The creation of race – an effort to justify the transatlantic Slave Trade and create a caste system defined by color and enacted through law and violence – is explored as a technology in Afrofuturism.”
- Afrofuturist Feminism: As defined by Susana Morris “is a reflection of the shared central tenets of Afrofuturism and black feminist thought and reflects a literary tradition in which people of African descent and transgressive, feminist practices born of or from across the Afro-diaspora are key to a progressive future.”
- Capitalism: an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. It can drive inequality both socially and economically, as well as exploitative because a small population holds power (Kelly).
- Diaspora: Robert Longley defines diaspora as “A community of people from the same homeland who have been scattered or have migrated to other lands.”
- Neoliberalism: An ideology that supports competition as “the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning (Monbiot).”
- Power Feminism: “form of feminism that lauds women’s successful adoption of the principles of individualism and economic self-preservation.” Furthermore, it is “vested in commodity culture as the site du jour to resolve the dialect of female power as physical strength and emotional malleability (Ward).”
- Patriarchal Society: Linda Napikoski defines it as “A patriarchy, from the ancient Greek patriarches, was a society where power was held by and passed down through the elder males. When modern historians and sociologists describe a “patriarchal society,” they mean that men hold the positions of power and have more privilege: head of the family unit, leaders of social groups, boss in the workplace, and heads of government.”
- Transnational Feminism: Dave Zirin describes transnational feminism in the following terms: “As feminists attempt to ‘expand the commonality and solidarity’ of women’s struggle, they must overcome ‘social forces that divide women from each other,’ such as ‘race, class, sexual orientation, colonialism, poverty, religion, nationality.'”
- Herr, Ranjoo. Philarchive.Org, 2019, https://philarchive.org/archive/HERTWT-2.
- Kelly, Kim. “‘Everything You Need to Know About Capitalism.’” Teen Vogue, Teen Vogue, 11 Apr. 2018, www.teenvogue.com/story/what-capitalism-is.
- Monbiot, George. “Neoliberalism – the Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 15 Apr. 2016, www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot.
- Morris, Susana M. “Black Girls Are from the Future: Afrofuturist Feminism in Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling.” Women’s Studies Quarterly; New York, vol. 40, no. 3/4, Fall 2012, pp. 148–68.
- Napikoski, Linda, and Jone Johnson Lewis. “What Is a Patriarchal Society and How Does It Relate to Feminism?” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 21 Jan. 2019, www.thoughtco.com/patriarchal-society-feminism-definition-3528978.
- Longley, Robert. “What Is Diaspora? Definition and Examples.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 10 Apr. 2019, www.thoughtco.com/diaspora-definition-4684331.
- Ward, Mako Fitts. “Queen Bey and the New Niggerati: Ethics of Individualism in the Appropriation of Black Radicalism.” Black Camera, vol. 9, no.1, 2017, pp. 146-163. JSTOR, https://doi.org/10.2979/blackcamera.9.1.09.
- Womack, Ytasha. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. Chicago Review Press, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/davidson/detail.action?docID=1381831.