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Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan Coop boards, Where We Stand is a successful black woman's reflection--personal, straight forward, and rigorously honest--on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined, and how we can find ways to think beyond them.
Bookseller ReviewsBell hooks likes to quote her Kentucky mother's adage, "Life is not promised," a statement that seems to anticipate the urgency of her own work. Hook's perceptive and increasingly sensitive studies of cultural nuance continues in this collection of essays.
This incisive examination of class is rooted in cultural critic hooks's (All About Love) personal experience, political commitment, and social theory, which links gender, race, and class. Starting with her working-class childhood, the author illustrates how everyday interactions reproduce class hierarchy while simultaneously denying its existence. Because she sustains an unflinching gaze on both her own personal motivations and on persistent social structures, hooks provides a valuable framework for discussing such difficult and unexplored areas as greed, the quest to live simply, the ruling-class co-optation of youth through popular culture, and real estate speculation as an instrument of racism. Although the reading level and the price are both steep, this title is highly recommended for most public libraries and academic social science collections.--Paula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Drawing on her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan co- op boards, bell hooks, one of America's most admired critics and writers, provides a successful black woman's reflection on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined and how we can find ways to think beyond them. hooks is author of many books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bell Hooks has published three books with Routledge: Teaching to Transgress, Reel to Reel, and Outlaw Culture. Her most recent publications are All About Love and her children's book Happy to Be Nappy.
bell hooks touches on classism in the U.S. In a way that you rarely see it acknowledged. It is an interesting and easy read so even someone with little time or who normally does not read non fiction would get through it in no time. This book gives validity to every person who grew up in a poor or working class family in America no matter what your ethnic or racial heritage. I can hardly put words to how great I thought this book was.
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