The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues

The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues


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ISBN-13: 9780872865808
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: City Lights Open Media Series
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 275,746
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Angela Y. Davis is Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness at the University of California and author of many books including Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is a much sought after public speaker and internationally known feminist scholar, prison abolitionist, and advocate for social justice.

Robin D.G. Kelley is a professor of History, American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. From 2003-2006, he was the William B. Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia University. From 1994–2003, he was a professor of history and Africana Studies at NYU. He is the author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Robin D. G. Kelly

1. Report from Harlem
September 9, 1994

2. The Prison Industrial Complex
May 5, 1997

3. Race, Crime & Punishment
November 16, 1999

4. Race, Power, and Prisons Since 9/11
March 1, 2002

5. Radical Multiculturalism
March 1, 2005

6. Abolition Democracy
December 2, 2005

7. Racism: Then & Now
April 17, 2007

8.The Meaning of Freedom
February 15, 2008

9. Justice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities
February 24, 2008

10. Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neoliberalism
March 18, 2008

11. Black History Month
February 2, 2009

12. Difficult Dialogues
November 12, 2009

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This document of contemporary thought by a major world-historical figure, Davis' first full-length book in almost a decade, makes it timelessly clear that while no freedom fight will ever be easy—'We can’t rely on simple categories'—every real triumph, however small and short-lived, will always be worth it." — Todd Steven Burroughs,

"The 12 speeches delivered between 1994 and 2009, and collected here for the first time, provide as good an entry point as any into the radical life and ideas of the political activist and thinker Angela Davis." — San Francisco Chronicle

"In this collection of 12 previously unpublished speeches, the longtime activist asks readers to imagine a social landscape devoid of institutional and cultural injustice. Freedom is a process of becoming, she asserts; it can't be fully realized without collective participation by a demanding society."—Ms. Magazine

"Angela Y. Davis proves that it's still possible to find a new, refreshing way to discuss race, gender, class, and sexuality. In this heartfelt examination through previously unpublished speeches, Davis discusses these issues with simple language and challenges us to think about how feminism and racism relate to our everyday lives."—Bust Magazine

"This book is a collection of Davis’ lectures from 1994 through 2009, interweaving themes of freedom and bias based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Davis is at her best linking these perceptively separate segments into a broader concept of freedom across all the lines that separate us."—Booklist

"As always, Davis is particularly concerned with the prison-industrial complex, yet her thoughts on marriage equality, immigration and globalization are just as thought-provoking." — San Jose Mercury News

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