To Defend This Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Authoritarian Turn in Nicaragua (Paperback)

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To Defend This Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Authoritarian Turn in Nicaragua (Paperback)


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To Defend this Sunrise examines how black women on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua engage in regional, national, and transnational modes of activism to remap the nation’s racial order under conditions of increasing economic precarity and autocracy. The book considers how, since the 19th century, black women activists have resisted historical and contemporary patterns of racialized state violence, economic exclusion, territorial dispossession, and political repression. Specifically, it explores how the new Sandinista state under Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has utilized multicultural rhetoric as a mode of political, economic, and territorial dispossession. In the face of the Sandinista state’s co-optation of multicultural discourse and growing authoritarianism, black communities have had to recalibrate their activist strategies and modes of critique to resist these new forms of “multicultural dispossession.” This concept describes the ways that state actors and institutions drain multiculturalism of its radical, transformative potential by espousing the rhetoric of democratic recognition while simultaneously supporting illiberal practices and policies that undermine black political demands and weaken the legal frameworks that provide the basis for the claims of these activists against the state.
Courtney Desiree Morris is an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978804791
ISBN-10: 1978804792
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 13th, 2023
Pages: 258
Language: English
"This is a very important and well-written book that will be attractive for scholars and students of race, gender, political activism, and citizenship in Latin America. Courtney Morris' work is essential for understanding the politics of authoritarianism and resistance in present-day Nicaragua."

— Karen Kampwirth

"Morris has written a profoundly brilliant, sophisticated, and nuanced critique of mestizo nationalism. This book is a gift for anyone who cares about feminist organizing, ending anti-Black racism, and understanding contemporary authoritarianism, state violence, and mestizo hegemony in Nicaragua.  It is also anthropology at its best, seeking to right the wrongs in the historical record by centering Black women’s struggles for autonomy and self-determination on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast."
— Victoria González-Rivera