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Women, Culture, & Politics

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A collection of writing and speeches on contemporary culture and issuesranging from the Pentagon to prisons to the dilemmas of third-world womenby controversial civil-rights activist.
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published February 4th 1989 by Random House (first published 1989)
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Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book several ready to teach my women's studies class!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This set of essays is mostly derived from speeches Dr Davis gave in the late 1980s, during Reagan's second administration, though a few are from earlier. I'm not sure it's really intended that a reader should sit down with an apple and just plow through this collection end-to-end as if it were a literary snack: there is some overlap of issues in many of the chapters, which is to be expected because they originated as talks to a variety of audiences, from women's groups to graduating high school ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely outdated...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
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book totally politicized me. Angela Davis for President!
Katerina Ioannides
Reading this series of lectures & essays on racial, gender & economic inequality during the Reagan administration is almost eerie. So little has changed. The names and statistics are dated but the need to elevate the voices of queer women of color and acknowledge the deep stratification in America is so, so pertinent.

From the introduction:
"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that positions be taken on current issues as they ari
I felt that this collection was not as strong as Women, Race, and Class. There were far more incendiary and enthusiastic feminist ramblings in my margins this time around. Still worth a read for some of the finer essays, though!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A reread. The sections on the Reagan administration are particularly relevant today.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots to think over after reading this book. It made me want to dive deeper into other topics that I don't know very much about, like the Vietnam War and the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing inter ...more
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