Belonging: A Culture of Place
These are some of the questions of place and belonging that renowned cultural critic bell hooks examines in her new book, Belonging: A Culture of Place. Traversing past and present, Belonging charts a cyclical journey in which hooks moves from...more
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I enjoyed being pushed to consider more deeply why I choose not to return home (to Kentu...more
A Review Belonging: A Culture of Place
By bell hooks
African Americans’ oral and written traditions are full of stories about return, of reverse migration away from places where they exiled themselves in a search for economic, social and political opportunity. For more than 400 years, these stories have encouraged back-to-Africa and back-to-the-South movements. Now hooks, a widely published author, feminist and native of Kentucky, has become a returnee—she is...more
Ms.: 'Generations of African Americans have gone in search of old farm homes where they were born and raised, diligently seeking the gardens that held their nourishment, the streams where they fished trout for the family's supper, that spot where grandma's flower garden grew. This remembering and longing, hooks writes, is an indication of a need to feel connected, though some might argue that it is also a desire to make the present tolerable and hopef...more
I wish the manuscript was better edited before going to press...more
I skipped some of the parts that seemed a bit boring (such as one on mountaintop removal mining) and others that were too abstruse and wordy (such as the chapter titled "Representations of Whiteness in the Black imagination").
One downside: whoever proofread this missed a shitload of typos. Distracting.