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For three decades, Angela Y. Davis has written on liberation theory and democratic praxis. Challenging the foundations of mainstream discourse, her analyses of culture, gender, capital, and race have profoundly influenced democratic theory, antiracist feminism, critical studies and political struggles.
Even for readers who primarily know her as a revolutionary of the late
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published December 4th 1998 by Wiley-Blackwell
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Benjamin Fasching-Gray
Some of the highlights for me were:
-- the essay on the coming obsolescence of housework which included a response to the Wages For Housework movement that I found appealing

-- the essays or chapters on the blues and on African-American photography... but especially the blues... I have been meaning to read her books on the blues women for a while... her arguments that there are politics woven through all the lyrics about sex and violence are convincing. The idea that women choosing their own sexua
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Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: race, nonfiction
Loved this so much. It's hard to find political theory that synthesizes gender, race, and economics so successfully. ...more
Lia
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had to digest this in small chunks, because I don't have the most academic of backgrounds and parts were pretty dense, but it was so worth it. Angela Davis is phenomenal as both an academic and an activist. ...more
C.B. Daring
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: prisoners, feminists, radicals
Angela Davis explains the reasons for not idolizing the work of activists in the 60's. She gives a good history of female involvement in the black panther party, and the rebirth of slavery in the united states. ...more
Matteo
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: woman-author
Angela Davis disects the connections between sexism, racism, capitalism. Interesting and important stuff.
Jenn
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
angela davis. always on point.
Joe
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Wish I read it five years ago. Something I'll be going back to for a long time. Some, of many, still quotes that still stick to this American moment:

“Political Prisoners, Prisoners, and Black Liberation” (1971)

"Official assertions that meaningful dissent is always welcome, provided it falls within the boundaries of legality, are frequently a smokescreen obscuring the invitation to acquiesce in oppression." 39

"Likewise, the significance of activities which are pursued in the interests of liberati
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Rebekah
This book has SO MANY GEMS in it. I literally went through with a highlighter like in college. However, also like college reading, it can be quite dense! But if you’re fine with that (or break it up into smaller bits), there is certainly a lot of mind blowing wisdom here.
Scott
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is comprehensive insight into black and brown lives and the mechanics of their subjugation. It is a sobering read to be frank.
Jan Burnham
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The writing in this book emotionally charged me up in so many ways-racism, sexism, the court systems, roots of black people's current daily struggles emanating from violent slavery history...
Next on my list will be her autobiography. Below are two quotes that very relevant today

"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with
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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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