Where We Stand: Class Matters

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Overview

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.
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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.
Library Journal
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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415929110
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

preface: where we stand
introduction: Class Matters 1
1 Making the Personal Political: Class in the Family 10
2 Coming to Class Consciousness 24
3 Class and the Politics of Living Simply 38
4 Money Hungry 50
5 The Politics of Greed 63
6 Being Rich 70
7 The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless 80
8 Class and Race: The New Black Elite 89
9 Feminism and Class Power 101
10 White Poverty: The Politics of Invisibility 111
11 Solidarity with the Poor 121
12 Class Claims: Real Estate Racism 131
13 Crossing Class Boundaries 142
14 Living without Class Hierarchy 156
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