"Race" is a collection of first-person reflections on the topic, compiled by Hungry Mind Review's editor in reaction to the overwhelming response of H"Race" is a collection of first-person reflections on the topic, compiled by Hungry Mind Review's editor in reaction to the overwhelming response of HMR readers to a 1994 questionnaire on race. The book was published in 1997, but reading it in 2017 during the early weeks of the Trump administration, as confusion about the "Muslim ban" and Congressional appropriations negotiations to fund the wall dividing us from the Mexico are nightly news banner headlines, I can't help but feel that nothing has changed over these two decades. This anthology brings together disparate voices and backgrounds from contributors like Bharati Mukherjee, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Adrienne Rich, and Richard Rodriguez.
Leslie Marmon Silko writes during the second term of the Clinton presidency: "...big capitalism can't survive for long in the United States unless the people are divided among themselves into warring factions. Big capitalism wants the people of the United States to blame 'foreigners' for lost jobs and declining living standards to the people won't place the blame where it really belongs: with our corrupt US Congress and president." Mukherjee writes about the scapegoating of immigrants. While we are richer, healthier, and better-educated than we were 20 years ago, we have made limited strides in being a more inclusive society.
While this anthology offers a gentle introduction to some literary and social commentary heavyweights (many of the essays are less than 10 pages long), the contributions don't necessarily speak to one another. Or maybe that's the goal, delegating the task of characterizing 'race' to the authors, leaving little overlap because our definitions are so private and personalized. ...more
A fantastic overview of the early years of India's Green Revolution, narrated as case studies from 5 districts around the country possessing varying aA fantastic overview of the early years of India's Green Revolution, narrated as case studies from 5 districts around the country possessing varying agroeconomic and hydrometeorological suitability for the adoption of high yielding varieties. Also offers succinct political economy summaries of state politics and the tensions exacerbated by modernization and productivity gains between landowners and laborers. Adopts a Marxian class-centric analytical lens, largely allying with smallholders and the landless, and critical of the wealth cleavages between the elite landed class and the rest of rural society. ...more
Brutally eye-opening. Though I've been working on issues related to international development for more than a decade, I had not spent sufficient timeBrutally eye-opening. Though I've been working on issues related to international development for more than a decade, I had not spent sufficient time considering the situation developing country women and girls [Kristoff and WuDunn focus primarily in developing country contexts] are often in -- victims of domestic abuse, FGM, trafficking, other human rights violations, and too often deprived of opportunities to gain education and employment, let alone leave their own homes without the company of the male head of household. If you had previously thought development was largely about credit access or food insecurity, this book will definitely cause a change of mind. ...more