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Women, Culture, and Politics

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A collection of her speeches and writings which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published February 19th 1990 by Vintage (first published 1989)
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I've read this book several ready to teach my women's studies class!
Definitely outdated... but as a child of the early 90's I have no conceptualization of the Reagan years. I obviously know the infamous nature of his presidency and in particular the economic and social implications his public policy had in shifting the the dominate political discourse of the US to the right; ensuring the power of global corporations, right wing pundits, and further veiling white supremacy in the individualistic rhetoric of neoliberal multiculturalism... That being said, I felt t ...more
Published a few years after "Women Race & Class", this is mostly a collection of various speeches & a few essays on the role of women in politics historically & need for women, particularly black women, to participate in politics because their unique position that allows them to shed light on their own oppression as well as the oppression of others. It is heavily influenced by her Socialist leanings & that's a good thing. She does not shy away from critiques on the nature of Capi ...more
this book totally politicized me. Angela Davis for President!
For anyone wanting an overview of Davis' work, I would recommend the Angela Davis Reader over this collection (and the Reader contains some of the best pieces from here).
Still, it was interesting to read these essays - mostly written in the '80s during Reagan's second term - right after the last eight years of the Bush administration. So many of the issues are the same: increased privatization of public infrastructure (so much of what I grew up to assume were naturally private institutions were
While I do think this book illuminated for me the havoc Reagan wreaked on marginalized people I do think the book is very dated. It helped me to contextualize our present at some turns and others I felt like some of it wasn't terribly relevant to me.
Granted, many of the articles in this book are about 20 years old and Davis has an anger and militance behind her that don't completely gel with my personality, but this was a great book. Actually, the fact many of the writings were older lent the book greater authority because many of the issues are sadly pertinent today. Also, it's inspiring to read someone who is so intelligent, provocative, and determined. I liked her consistent effort to transform ideals into practical goals. And even thoug ...more
Women, Culture, & Politics is very dated and not in an interesting way. There is a lot of writing on conferences, laws, etc., which is well, trite. Example from Children First: The Campaign for a Free South Africa: "For it is the children who represent the future and who embody the spirit of democracy and freedom in their land" (104). Angela Davis frequently comes off as more liberal than radical in these essays and printed speeches. What a disappointment.
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Angela Davis is just incredible, but sometimes you don't have time to sit down and really "take in" an entire book. "Women, Culture, & Politics" is great because it is a collection of speeches and other short, contained pieces. Her essay on her experiences in Egypt should be read by anyone working in the social sciences.
I read most of this book as a undergrad at Kent State University while taking The Black Woman course in the Department of Pan-African Studies. It's Angela Davis so it was great. A fantastic resource. It's been a while, so I probably need to read it again.
There's a lot I don't know about Africa, the apartheid of South Africa, and the '80s.
Apr 14, 2012 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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angela davis is always brilliant. this book was published 25 years ago and felt less relevant than some of her other work, though.
I read excerpts in graduate school, I want to read it in its' entirety now.
again...a classic
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