The Angela Y. Davis Reader / Edition 1

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For three decades, Angela Y. Davis has written on liberation theory and democratic praxis. Challenging the foundations of mainstream discourse, her analyses of culture, gender, capital, and race have profoundly influenced democratic theory, antiracist feminism, critical studies and political struggles.

Even for readers who primarily know her as a revolutionary of the late 1960s and early 1970s (or as a political icon for militant activism) she has greatly expanded the scope and range of social philosophy and political theory. Expanding critical theory, contemporary progressive theorists - engaged in justice struggles - will find their thought influenced by the liberation praxis of Angela Y. Davis.

The Angela Y. Davis Reader presents eighteen essays from her writings and interviews which have appeared in If They Come in the Morning, Women, Race, and Class, Women, Culture, and Politics, and Black Women and the Blues as well as articles published in women's, ethnic/black studies and communist journals, and cultural studies anthologies. In four parts - "Prisons, Repression, and Resistance", "Marxism, Anti-Racism, and Feminism", "Aesthetics and Culture", and recent interviews - Davis examines revolutionary politics and intellectualism.

Davis's discourse chronicles progressive political movements and social philosophy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary political philosophy, critical race theory, social theory, ethnic studies, American studies, African American studies, cultural theory, feminist philosophy, gender studies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Over the past thirty years Angela Davis has stood as a courageousvoice of conscience on matters of race, class, and gender inAmerica. Since her imprisonment in the early 1970s hers has been avoice of principle on behalf of the rights of the incarcerated. JoyJames has provided a great service in pulling together and makingaccessible for the first time in a single volume Angela Davis'sseminal writings, revealing at once the considerable range of herinsightful intellectual contributions across politics, philosophy,and culture." David Theo Goldberg, Arizona State University

"Although Davis's writing in the Reader is at times flatand workmanlike, the anthology gradually reveals her humanisticvision in wonderful gestures and acute observations" Phillip M.Richards

"This collection refutes that often-heard statement – thatit is impossible today to be both a true intellectual and a trueactivist. Everyone who is concerned with the life if the mind as itilluminates the struggle for social justice will be provoked, eveninspired, by these writings." – Barbara T. Christian,Professor of African-American Studies, University of Californa,Berkeley

"Angela Davis has stood as a courageous voice of conscience onmatters of race, class, and gender in America. Joy James hasprovided a great service in pulling together and making accessiblefor the first time in a single volume Angela Davis’s seminalwritings." – David Theo Goldberg, Arizona StateUniversity

"Long before ‘race/gender’ became the obligatoryinjunction it is now, Angela Davis was developing an analyticalframework that brought all of these factors into play. For readerswho only see Angela Davis as a public icon, welcome to thisremarkable book and meet the real Angela Davis: perhaps the leadingpublic intellectual of our era." – Robin D. G. Kelley, authorof Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the CultureWars in Urban America (1997)

"A truly inspiring collection. Angela Davis offers a cartographyof engagement in oppositional social movements and unwaveringcommitment to justice." – Chandra Talpade Mohanty,Women’s Studies, Hamilton College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631203612
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/1998
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 884,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy James teaches Political Theory in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of several noted books and publications on Feminism, Critical Race Theory, and Democratic Politics, including Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals (1997).

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Table of Contents



Part I: Prisons, Repression, and Resistance:.

1. Excerpts from Angela Davis: an Autobiography.

2. Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation.

3. Unfinished Lecture on Liberation - II.

4. Race and Criminalization: Black Americans and the PunishmentIndustry.

Part II: Marxism, Anti-Racism and Feminism:.

5. Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community ofSlaves.

6. Rape, Racism, and the Capitalist Setting.

7. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge toRacism.

8. Joanne Little: The Dialectics of Rape.

9. Women and Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression andLiberation.

10. The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-ClassPerspective.

11. Outcast Mothers and Surrogates: Racism and ReproductivePolitics in the Nineties.

12. Black Women and the Academy.

Part III: Aesthetics and Culture:.

13. For a People's Culture.

14. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality andDomesticity.

15. Photography and Afro-American History.

16. Afro Images: Politics, Fashion, and Nostalgia.

17. Meditations on the Legacy of Malcolm X.

18. Black Nationalism: The Sixties and the Nineties.

Part IV: Interviews: .

19. Coalition Building Among People of Color: A Discussion WithAngela Y. Davis and Elizabeth Martinez.

20. Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender in the USA.

Appendix: Opening Defense Statement Presented By Angela Y. Davisin Santa Clara County Superior Court March 29, 1972.

Selected Bibliography.


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