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Click for more detail about She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power - 1619 to 1969 by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power - 1619 to 1969

by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
Routledge (Dec 02, 2020)
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She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power - 1619 to 1969 proves that The Black Woman liberated herself. Readers go on a journey from the invasion of Africa into the Colonial period and the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Woman reveals power, from Queen Nzingha to Shirley Chisholm.

In She Took Justice, we see centuries of courage in the face of racial prejudice and gender oppression. We gain insight into American history through The Black Woman’s fight against race laws, especially criminal injustice. She became an organizer, leader, activist, lawyer, and judge - a fighter in her own advancement.

These engaging true stories show that, for most of American history, the law was an enemy to The Black Woman. Using perseverance, tenacity, intelligence, and faith, she turned the law into a weapon to combat discrimination, a prestigious occupation, and a platform from which she could lift others as she rose. This is a book for every reader.


Click for more detail about Africa’s International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change by Ali Mazrui Africa’s International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change

by Ali Mazrui
Routledge (Jun 07, 2019)
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The author presents a journey through African and Western history, culture and politics. By essaying Africa’s international relations, Mazrui returns to an important truth: the power of race and culture in Africa’s relations with the West. Discussing African political formation, his overriding theme, not unpredictably, is assimilation - of the enti


Click for more detail about Frederick Douglass in Ireland: In His Own Words by Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass in Ireland: In His Own Words

by Frederick Douglass
Routledge (Jul 02, 2018)
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Frederick Douglass spent four months in Ireland at the end of 1845 that proved to be, in his own words, ‘transformative’. He reported that for the first time in his life he felt like a man, and not a chattel. Whilst in residence, he became a spokesperson for the abolition movement, but by the time he left the country in early January 1846, he believed that the cause of the slave was the cause of the oppressed everywhere. For the remainder of his life, he became a champion of social justice for all, regardless of colour, gender, or ethnic origins. Douglass’s time in Ireland also coincided with the onset of the tragedy that, retrospectively, was referred to ‘The Great Hunger’. When he commented on the poverty that was so pervasive in Ireland, he could not have known that he had witnessed the start of a humanitarian disaster that would change the world. This book adds new insight into Frederick Douglass and his time in Ireland. Contemporary newspaper accounts of the lectures that Douglass gave during his tour of Ireland (in Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, and Belfast) have been located and transcribed. The speeches are annotated and accompanied by letters written by Douglass during his stay. In this way, for the first time, we hear Douglass in his own words. This unique approach allows us to follow the journey of the young man who, while in Ireland, discovered his own voice. Moreover, it provides a definitive catalogue of Douglass’s speech at a transformative time in his life, and in the development of the transatlantic anti-slavery movement.


Click for more detail about On African-American Rhetoric by Keith Gilyard On African-American Rhetoric

by Keith Gilyard
Routledge (Apr 22, 2018)
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On African-American Rhetoric traces the arc of strategic language use by African Americans from rhetorical forms such as slave narratives and the spirituals to Black digital expression and contemporary activism. The governing idea is to illustrate the basic call-response process of African-American culture and to demonstrate how this dynamic has been and continues to be central to the language used by African Americans to make collective cultural and political statements. Ranging across genres and disciplines, including rhetorical theory, poetry, fiction, folklore, speeches, music, film, pedagogy, and memes, Gilyard and Banks consider language developments that have occurred both inside and outside of organizations and institutions. Along with paying attention to recent events, this book incorporates discussion of important forerunners who have carried the rhetorical baton. These include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Molefi Asante, Alice Walker, and Geneva Smitherman. Written for students and professionals alike, this book is powerful and instructive regarding the long African-American quest for freedom and dignity.


Click for more detail about Frederick Douglass: A Biography by Booker T. Washington Frederick Douglass: A Biography

by Booker T. Washington
Routledge (Oct 06, 2017)
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Click for more detail about The Metaphysics of Love by Booker T. Washington The Metaphysics of Love

by Booker T. Washington
Routledge (Sep 20, 2017)
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The Metaphysics of Love develops the existential metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas, applying it to explore the ontological structure of the human person. Published first in 1962, this book demonstrates the fertility of Thomistic metaphysics and the enduring influence of Thomism on Western philosophy. It uncovers the ecstatic structure of human existence, in dialogue with philosophers ranging from Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, to Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Tillich, Zubiri, and Ortega y Gassett, as well as theologians and historians Romano Guardini, Hilaire Belloc, and Eric Voegelin.Philosophical and theological examinations of love have in various ways raised the following question: how can love of self (eros) be harmonized with love of others (agape)? These types of love represent two drives, Wilhelmsen argues, that in the end must be seen as aspects of existence itself. Moral and psychological problems of love turn out to be manifestations of metaphysical issues.While different cultures have emphasized one of these drives or the other, a healthy culture will not completely forget either. Cultures differ in the way they emphasize one or the other, or flee from one or the other. These dimensions of human existence provide the framework for a person’s love of self, neighbour, and God. This volume is part of Transaction’s Library of Conservative Thought series.


Click for more detail about Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life by bell hooks Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

by bell hooks
Routledge (Nov 17, 2016)
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In this provocative and captivating dialogue, bell hooks and Cornel West come together to discuss the dilemmas, contradictions, and joys of Black intellectual life. The two friends and comrades in struggle talk, argue, and disagree about everything from community to capitalism in a series of intimate conversations that range from playful to probing to revelatory. In evoking the act of breaking bread, the book calls upon the various traditions of sharing that take place in domestic, secular, and sacred life where people come together to give themselves, to nurture life, to renew their spirits, sustain their hopes, and to make a lived politics of revolutionary struggle an ongoing practice. This 25th anniversary edition continues the dialogue with "In Solidarity," their 2016 conversation at the bell hooks Institute on racism, politics, popular culture and the contemporary Black experience.


Click for more detail about Building a Learning Culture in America by Kevin P. Chavous Building a Learning Culture in America

by Kevin P. Chavous
Routledge (Aug 30, 2016)
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Building a Learning Culture in America takes an incisive, no-holds-barred look at how America embraced and cultivated a culture of learning in the past, how that culture declined in the sixties and seventies, and what must be done to regain it. From political gridlock to systemic discrimination, Chavous details the many ways education today is off track, and cites specific examples of what Americans might do to reform it.

Part memoir and part manifesto, this is a frank, fascinating, and personal account of Chavous’ experience as a politician working to enact school choice in Washington, DC, and throughout the United States. During the course of his political career, he has seen political skirmishes and party scuffles interfere with the United States' ability to improve its educational system. These conflicts did not cause the problem; they were merely a result. The true problem was more basic: the decline of America’s learning culture.

This pivotal work calls for Americans to unite in making the changes needed to re-establish a learning culture as an inherent piece of the American national fabric, and tells us how to begin.

"In Building a Learning Culture in America, I really like that Kevin Chavous is talking about how we can make education cool again! Learning is cool, being well-educated is important, and it should be fun! We need to join Kevin in building a national movement around learning." —Laila Ali, Fitness & Wellness Expert, Television Personality and Boxing Champion

"I had the opportunity to work with Kevin in Washington, DC and saw first-hand his unwavering commitment to the education of our children. Building a Learning Culture in America is a story, a reflection, a consideration of national and international education issues, and most importantly, a manifesto. Kevin draws you into his self-described "life’s work" by sharing his personal story and his journey into becoming a vocal, effective and sought-after advocate for children. Whether you agree with all of his stances or not, you will be moved by his passion and touched by the stories he shares of children and schools from around the globe. I’m ready to be a part of Made in America. Let’s do it!" —Deborah Gist, Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

"Education often brings to mind the old saying about the weather—everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Kevin Chavous is not everyone. A force of nature himself, he’s been battling to reshape American education for two decades. Weaving together educational expertise, lessons —Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute


Click for more detail about Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America by Cornel West Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

by Cornel West
Routledge (May 11, 2016)
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’The sheer range of West’s interests and insights is staggering and exemplary: he appears equally comfortable talking about literature, ethics, art, jurisprudence, religion, and popular-cultural forms.’ - Artforum Keeping Faith is a rich, moving and deeply personal collection of essays from one of the leading African American intellectuals of our age. Drawing upon the traditions of Western philosophy and modernity, Cornel West critiques structures of power and oppression as they operate within American society and provides a way of thinking about human dignity and difference afresh. Impressive in its scope, West confidently and deftly explores the politics and philosophy of America, the role of the black intellectual, legal theory and the future of liberal thought, and the fate of African Americans. A celebration of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans, Keeping Faith is a petition to hope and a call to faith in the redemptive power of the human spirit.


Click for more detail about Mobile and Entangled America(s) by Maryemma Graham Mobile and Entangled America(s)

by Maryemma Graham
Routledge (May 03, 2016)
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A superb combination of focused case studies and high level conceptual thinking, this volume is an important monument in the ongoing development of Inter-American studies The articles gathered here closely examine a wide variety of cultural phenomena implicated in the ’entanglements’ which have defined the history of the Americas. From religious networks to music and dance, and across a range of literary and artistic works, the mobility of people, objects, and ideas in the Americas is expertly mapped. At the same time, the book represents a serious enterprise of theory-building. Drawing on the histories of postcolonial thought, mobility studies, and work on human migration, Mobile and Entangled America(s) clearly establishes a new interdisciplinary field attentive both to the complexities of cultural form and the pervasiveness of power relations. Each article stands as a significant piece of scholarship on its own, but all are in dialogue with each other. The result is a richly satisfying and important volume of cultural scholarship.


Click for more detail about Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment

by Patricia Hill Collins
Routledge (Aug 27, 2015)
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In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought, originally published in 1990, Patricia Hill Collins set out to explore the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy and without. Here Collins provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. Drawing from fiction, poetry, music and oral history, the result is a superbly crafted and revolutionary book that provided the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought and its canon.


Click for more detail about Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery

by bell hooks
Routledge (Nov 06, 2014)
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In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance. Both an expression of the joy of self-healing and the need to be ever vigilant in the struggle for equality, Sisters of the Yam continues to speak to the experience of black womanhood.


Click for more detail about Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black by bell hooks Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

by bell hooks
Routledge (Nov 05, 2014)
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In childhood, bell hooks was taught that "talking back" meant speaking as an equal to an authority figure and daring to disagree and/or have an opinion. In this collection of personal and theoretical essays, hooks reflects on her signature issues of racism and feminism, politics and pedagogy. Among her discoveries is that moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side, a gesture of defiance that heals, making new life and new growth possible.


Click for more detail about Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks Black Looks: Race and Representation

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 31, 2014)
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In the critical essays collected in Black Looks, bell hooks interrogates old narratives and argues for alternative ways to look at blackness, black subjectivity, and whiteness. Her focus is on spectatorship?in particular, the way blackness and black people are experienced in literature, music, television, and especially film?and her aim is to create a radical intervention into the way we talk about race and representation. As she describes: "the essays in Black Looks are meant to challenge and unsettle, to disrupt and subvert." As students, scholars, activists, intellectuals, and any other readers who have engaged with the book since its original release in 1992 can attest, that’s exactly what these pieces do.


Click for more detail about Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics by bell hooks Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 29, 2014)
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For bell hooks, the best cultural criticism sees no need to separate politics from the pleasure of reading. Yearning collects together some of hooks’s classic and early pieces of cultural criticism from the ’80s. Addressing topics like pedagogy, postmodernism, and politics, hooks examines a variety of cultural artifacts, from Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing and Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire to the writings of Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. The result is a poignant collection of essays which, like all of hooks’s work, is above all else concerned with transforming oppressive structures of domination.


Click for more detail about Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 16, 2014)
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A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain’t I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman’s involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar’s bookshelf.


Click for more detail about Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 03, 2014)
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When Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published in 1984, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision. Even so, individual readers frequently found the theory "unsettling" or "provocative." Today, the blueprint for feminist movement presented in the book remains as provocative and relevant as ever. Written in hooks’s characteristic direct style, Feminist Theory embodies the hope that feminists can find a common language to spread the word and create a mass, global feminist movement.


Click for more detail about British Women and the Spanish Civil War by Angela Jackson British Women and the Spanish Civil War

by Angela Jackson
Routledge (Feb 27, 2014)
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Through oral and written narratives, this book examines the interaction between women and the war in Spain, their motivation, the distinctive form of their involvment and the effect of the war on their individual lives. These themes are related to wider issues, such as the nature of memory and the role of women within the public sphere. The extent to which women engaged with this cause surpasses by far other instances of female mobilization in peace-time Britain. Such a phenomenon therefore can offer lessons to those who would wish to encourage a greater degree of interest amongst women in political activities today.


Click for more detail about The Global Obama: Crossroads Of Leadership In The 21St Century (Leadership: Research And Practice) by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen The Global Obama: Crossroads Of Leadership In The 21St Century (Leadership: Research And Practice)

by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen
Routledge (Dec 05, 2013)
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The Global Obama examines the president’s image in five continents and more than twenty countries. It is the first book to look at Barack Obama’s presidency and analyze how Obama and America are viewed by publics, governments, and political commentators around world. The author of Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President (Top 10 Black History Book) scaled the globe to gather opinions – cultural, historical, and political analyses – about Obama’s leadership style. Writers, journalists, psychologists, consultants, and social scientists present their views on Obama’s leadership, popularity, and many of the global challenges that still remain unresolved. As a progress report, this is the first book that tries to grasp ‘the Obama phenomenon’ in totality, as perceived by populations around the world with special focus on America’s leadership in the 21st Century.

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Click for more detail about Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries by Suzan-Lori Parks Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries

by Suzan-Lori Parks
Routledge (Dec 04, 2013)
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This collection of interviews offers unprecedented insight into the plays and creative works of Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as being an important commentary on contemporary theater and playwriting, from jazz and opera to politics and cultural m


Click for more detail about Black Reconstruction in America: Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois Black Reconstruction in America: Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880

by W.E.B. Du Bois
Routledge (May 30, 2013)
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After four centuries of bondage, the nineteenth century marked the long-awaited release of millions of black slaves. Subsequently, these former slaves attempted to reconstruct the basis of American democracy. W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the greatest intellectual leaders in United States history, evaluates the twenty years of fateful history that followed the Civil War, with special reference to the efforts and experiences of African Americans.

Du Bois’s words best indicate the broader parameters of his work: "the attitude of any person toward this book will be distinctly influenced by his theories of the Negro race. If he believes that the Negro in America and in general is an average and ordinary human being, who under given environment develops like other human beings, then he will read this story and judge it by the facts adduced."

The plight of the white working class throughout the world is directly traceable to American slavery, on which modern commerce and industry was founded, Du Bois argues. Moreover, the resulting color caste was adopted, forwarded, and approved by white labor, and resulted in the subordination of colored labor throughout the world. As a result, the majority of the world’s laborers became part of a system of industry that destroyed democracy and led to World War I and the Great Depression. This book tells that story.


Click for more detail about Race, Law, and American Society, 1607 to Present by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall Race, Law, and American Society, 1607 to Present

by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
Routledge (Apr 20, 2013)
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This second edition of Gloria Browne-Marshall’s seminal work, tracing the history of racial discrimination in American law from colonial times to the present, is now available with major revisions. Throughout, she advocates for freedom and equality at the center, moving from their struggle for physical freedom in the slavery era to more recent battles for equal rights and economic equality. From the colonial period to the present, this book examines education, property ownership, voting rights, criminal justice, and the military as well as internationalism and civil liberties by analyzing the key court cases that established America’s racial system and demonstrating the impact of these court cases on American society. This edition also includes more on Asians, Native Americans, and Latinos. Race, Law, and American Society is highly accessible and thorough in its depiction of the role race has played, with the sanction of the U.S. Supreme Court, in shaping virtually every major American social institution.


Click for more detail about Race, Philosophy, And Film (Routledge Studies In Contemporary Philosophy) by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory Race, Philosophy, And Film (Routledge Studies In Contemporary Philosophy)

by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory
Routledge (Mar 22, 2013)
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This collection fills a gap in the current literature in philosophy and film by focusing on the question: How would thinking in philosophy and film be transformed if race were formally incorporated moved from its margins to the center? The collection’s contributors anchor their discussions of race through considerations of specific films and television series, which serve as illustrative examples from which the essays’ theorizations are drawn. Inclusive and current in its selection of films and genres, the collection incorporates dramas, comedies, horror, and science fiction films (among other genres) into its discussions, as well as recent and popular titles of interest, such as Twilight, Avatar, Machete, True Blood, and The Matrix and The Help. The essays compel readers to think more deeply about the films they have seen and their experiences of these narratives.

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Click for more detail about Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory And Practice by bell hooks Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory And Practice

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 27, 2012)
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What are the conditions needed for our nation to bridge cultural and racial divides? By "writing beyond race," noted cultural critic bell hooks models the constructive ways scholars, activists, and readers can challenge and change systems of domination. In the spirit of previous classics like Outlaw Culture and Reel to Real, this new collection of compelling essays interrogates contemporary cultural notions of race, gender, and class. From the films Precious and Crash to recent biographies of Malcolm X and Henrietta Lacks, hooks offers provocative insights into the way race is being talked about in this "post-racial" era.


Click for more detail about As I Run Toward Africa: A Memoir by Molefi Kete Asante As I Run Toward Africa: A Memoir

by Molefi Kete Asante
Routledge (Jan 22, 2012)
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As I Run Toward Africa is Molefi Kete Asante’s memoir of his extraordinary life. He takes the reader on a journey from the American South to the homes of kings in Africa. Born into a family of 16 children living in a two bedroom shack, Asante rose to become director of UCLA’s Centre for Afro American Studies, editor of the Journal of Black Studies and university professor by the age of 30. The government of Ghana designated Asante as a traditional king in 1996. Asante recounts his meetings with personalities such as Wole Soyinka, Cornel West and others. This is an uplifting real-life story about hope and empowerment.


Click for more detail about Voices of Determination: Children That Defy the Odds by Kevin P. Chavous Voices of Determination: Children That Defy the Odds

by Kevin P. Chavous
Routledge (Jan 15, 2012)
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Voices of Determination tells the stories of ten children who overcame extraordinarily difficult circumstances to get an education and end the cycle of generational poverty. It debunks the myth that children are victims of circumstance. In this moving work, Kevin P. Chavous argues that children can and will succeed if the educational system provides them with the opportunity to learn.

Many of these narratives depict public schools at their worst. Chavous argues that poor communities routinely hire inexperienced teachers, lack resources, and pass kids along until they drop out. Once out of school, these youngsters quickly find out that they are unprepared for the job market. This, he claims, leads many young people to drift into anti-social behavior and turn to gangs, drugs, and unproductive lifestyles. In addition the narratives in this volume also address such social issues as immigration, bad neighborhoods, poor health care, addiction, and child abuse. Chavous highlights how hope for a better future enabled the children whose stories make up this volume to achieve a better life.

There are potential challenges at every stage of a child’s development and the adults around them need to be nearby and ready to act effectively. Chavous concludes that the need to strengthen families and to rebuild surrounding communities should be the top priorities for society as a whole.


Click for more detail about True To The Language Game: African American Discourse, Cultural Politics, And Pedagogy by Keith Gilyard True To The Language Game: African American Discourse, Cultural Politics, And Pedagogy

by Keith Gilyard
Routledge (Mar 23, 2011)
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In True to the Language Game, Keith Gilyard, one of the major African American figures to emerge in language and cultural studies, makes his most seminal work available in one volume. This collection of new and previously published essays contains Gilyard’s most relevant scholarly contributions to deliberations about linguistic diversity, cultural identity, critical literacy, writing instruction, literary texts, and popular culture. The volume also features contemporary treatises on such timely topics as "students’ right to their own language," code-switching pedagogy, and political discourse surrounding the rise of Barack Obama. Gilyard weaves together serious analysis, theoretical work, policy discussions, and personal reflections on the interplay of language, literacy, and social justice to make True to the Language Game essential reading for students and scholars in rhetorical studies, composition studies, applied linguistics, and education.


Click for more detail about Rooming in the Master’s House: Power and Privilege in the Rise of Black Conservatism by Molefi Kete Asante Rooming in the Master’s House: Power and Privilege in the Rise of Black Conservatism

by Molefi Kete Asante
Routledge (Feb 22, 2011)
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Rooming in the Master’s House is a strikingly original portrait of the black conservative movement by two of the most celebrated African American scholars. Asante and Hall show that today’s black conservative movement can be traced to the original class and social distinctions created during slavery when certain Africans were given positions in the master’s house and consequently felt that they were better than the Africans who worked in the fields. Using historical and social sources, the authors weave a narrative explaining how the house Negro syndrome continues in current discourses on the black community and in American Politics.


Click for more detail about Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by bell hooks Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

by bell hooks
Routledge (Sep 18, 2009)
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In Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today. In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the publication of the previous best-selling volumes in her Teaching series, Teaching to Transgress and Teaching Community. The issues are varied and broad, from whether meaningful teaching can take place in a large classroom setting to confronting issues of self-esteem. One professor, for example, asked how black female professors can maintain positive authority in a classroom without being seen through the lens of negative racist, sexist stereotypes. One teacher asked how to handle tears in the classroom, while another wanted to know how to use humor as a tool for learning. Addressing questions of race, gender, and class in this work, hooks discusses the complex balance that allows us to teach, value, and learn from works written by racist and sexist authors. Highlighting the importance of reading, she insists on the primacy of free speech, a democratic education of literacy. Throughout these essays, she celebrates the transformative power of critical thinking. This is provocative, powerful, and joyful intellectual work. It is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in education today.


Click for more detail about Uncommon Sense: From the Writings of Howard Zinn by Howard Zinn Uncommon Sense: From the Writings of Howard Zinn

by Howard Zinn
Routledge (Apr 30, 2009)
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Why Howard Zinn has become one of the most important and influential American historians is perhaps nowhere more evident than in this new book. Few social critics have been as inspiring as the ever-hopeful Zinn and, unlike many historians, Zinn turns historical details toward deeper observations on the universal truths and struggles of humankind. His remarkable wisdom and insight can be found in his earliest writings through his latest essays, speeches, and plays. Uncommon Sense brings together his most poignant and profound quotations from decades of writing and speaking. The book reveals the philosophical side of Howard Zinn and a consistency of vision over 50 years on topics ranging from government to race, history, law, civil disobedience, and activism. Offering quotations of universal and timeless quality, the book shows why history will regard this historian as a political and moral philosopher in the company of Paine, Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King Jr.


Click for more detail about Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks Belonging: A Culture of Place

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 22, 2008)
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What does it mean to call a place home? Who is allowed to become a member of a community? When can we say that we truly belong? 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 place to place, from country to city and back again, only to end where she began—her old Kentucky home. hooks has written provocatively about race, gender, and class; and in this book she turns her attention to focus on issues of land and land ownership. Reflecting on the fact that 90% of all black people lived in the agrarian South before mass migration to northern cities in the early 1900s, she writes about black farmers, about black folks who have been committed both in the past and in the present to local food production, to being organic, and to finding solace in nature. Naturally, it would be impossible to contemplate these issues without thinking about the politics of race and class. Reflecting on the racism that continues to find expression in the world of real estate, she writes about segregation in housing and economic racialized zoning. In these critical essays, hooks finds surprising connections that link of the environment and sustainability to the politics of race and class that reach far beyond Kentucky. With characteristic insight and honesty, Belonging offers a remarkable vision of a world where all people—wherever they may call home—can live fully and well, where everyone can belong.


Click for more detail about Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies (Routledge Classics) by bell hooks Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies (Routledge Classics)

by bell hooks
Routledge (Sep 13, 2008)
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Movies matter – that is the message of  Reel to Real, bell hooks’ classic collection of essays on film. They matter on a personal level, providing us with unforgettable moments, even life-changing experiences and they can confront us, too, with the most profound social issues of race, sex and class. Here bell hooks – one of America’s most celebrated and thrilling cultural critics – talks back to films that have moved and provoked her, from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the work of Spike Lee. Including also her conversations with master filmmakers such as Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, Reel to Real is a must read for anyone who believes that movies are worth arguing about.


Click for more detail about Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America by Cornel West Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

by Cornel West
Routledge (Sep 13, 2008)
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’The sheer range of West’s interests and insights is staggering and exemplary: he appears equally comfortable talking about literature, ethics, art, jurisprudence, religion, and popular-cultural forms.’ - Artforum Keeping Faith is a rich, moving and deeply personal collection of essays from one of the leading African American intellectuals of our age. Drawing upon the traditions of Western philosophy and modernity, Cornel West critiques structures of power and oppression as they operate within American society and provides a way of thinking about human dignity and difference afresh. Impressive in its scope, West confidently and deftly explores the politics and philosophy of America, the role of the black intellectual, legal theory and the future of liberal thought, and the fate of African Americans. A celebration of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans, Keeping Faith is a petition to hope and a call to faith in the redemptive power of the human spirit.


Click for more detail about Howard Zinn on Democratic Education by Howard Zinn Howard Zinn on Democratic Education

by Howard Zinn
Routledge (Mar 27, 2008)
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Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society. Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms-and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to transcend the recitation of received wisdom too common today in schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration and educational policies of most previous US presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs. This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over education have never been more polarised—nor higher in public visibility and contentious debate. Zinn’s essays on education-many never before published—are framed in this book by a dialogue between Zinn and Donaldo Macedo, a distinguished critic of literacy and schooling, whose books with Paulo Freire, Noam Chomsky and other authors have received international acclaim.


Click for more detail about Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (Routledge Classics) (Volume 83) by bell hooks Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (Routledge Classics) (Volume 83)

by bell hooks
Routledge (May 14, 2006)
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According to the Washington Post, no one who cares about contemporary African-American cultures can ignore bell hooks’ electrifying feminist explorations. Targeting cultural icons as diverse as Madonna and Spike Lee, Outlaw Culture presents a collection of essays that pulls no punches. As hooks herself notes, interrogations of popular culture can be a ‘powerful site for intervention, challenge and change’. And intervene, challenge and change is what hooks does best.


Click for more detail about The Black Power Movement: Rethinking The Civil Rights-Black Power Era by Peniel E. Joseph The Black Power Movement: Rethinking The Civil Rights-Black Power Era

by Peniel E. Joseph
Routledge (Mar 26, 2006)
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The Black Power Movement remains an enigma. Often misunderstood and ill-defined, this radical movement is now beginning to receive sustained and serious scholarly attention. Peniel Joseph has collected the freshest and most impressive list of contributors around to write original essays on the Black Power Movement. Taken together they provide a critical and much needed historical overview of the Black Power era. Offering important examples of undocumented histories of black liberation, this volume offers both powerful and poignant examples of ’Black Power Studies’ scholarship.


Click for more detail about Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism by Patricia Hill Collins Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism

by Patricia Hill Collins
Routledge (Jul 16, 2005)
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In Black Sexual Politics, one of America’s most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.


Click for more detail about Affirmative Action: Racial Preference In Black And White (Positions: Education, Politics, And Culture) by Tim Wise Affirmative Action: Racial Preference In Black And White (Positions: Education, Politics, And Culture)

by Tim Wise
Routledge (Feb 06, 2005)
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Affirmative Action examines the larger structure of institutional white privilege in education, and compares the magnitude of white racial preference with the policies typically envisioned when the term "racial preference" is used. In doing so, the book demonstrates that the American system of education is both a reflection of and a contributor to a structure of institutionalized racism and racial preference for the dominant majority.


Africa and World Peace

by George Padmore
Routledge (Nov 11, 2004)
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A study of how Africa, as an object of imperialism for the large capitalist nations, came to be drawn into power politics.


Click for more detail about Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt (African Studies: History, Politics, Economics and Culture) by Maulana Karenga Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt (African Studies: History, Politics, Economics and Culture)

by Maulana Karenga
Routledge (Dec 01, 2003)
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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Click for more detail about We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity

by bell hooks
Routledge (Nov 14, 2003)
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"When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news," writes bell hooks. "If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse."

In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page. Her title—We Real Cool; her subject—the way in which both white society and weak black leaders are failing black men and youth. Her subject is taboo: "this is a culture that does not love black males:" "they are not loved by white men, white women, black women, girls or boys. And especially, black men do not love themselves. How could they? How could they be expected to love, surrounded by so much envy, desire, and hate?"


Click for more detail about Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

by bell hooks
Routledge (Aug 27, 2003)
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Ten years ago, bell hooks astonished readers with Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Now comes Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope - a powerful, visionary work that will enrich our teaching and our lives. Combining critical thinking about education with autobiographical narratives, hooks invites readers to extend the discourse of race, gender, class and nationality beyond the classroom into everyday situations of learning. bell hooks writes candidly about her own experiences. Teaching, she explains, can happen anywhere, any time - not just in college classrooms but in churches, in bookstores, in homes where people get together to share ideas that affect their daily lives. In Teaching Community bell hooks seeks to theorize from the place of the positive, looking at what works. Writing about struggles to end racism and white supremacy, she makes the useful point that "No one is born a racist. Everyone makes a choice." Teaching Community tells us how we can choose to end racism and create a beloved community. hooks looks at many issues-among them, spirituality in the classroom, white people looking to end racism, and erotic relationships between professors and students. Spirit, struggle, service, love, the ideals of shared knowledge and shared learning - these values motivate progressive social change. Teachers of vision know that democratic education can never be confined to a classroom. Teaching - so often undervalued in our society — can be a joyous and inclusive activity. bell hooks shows the way. "When teachers teach with love, combining care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust, we are often able to enter the classroom and go straight to the heart of the matter, which is knowing what to do on any given day to create the best climate for learning."


Click for more detail about Hitler’s Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era (Crosscurrents in African American History) by Clarence Lusane Hitler’s Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era (Crosscurrents in African American History)

by Clarence Lusane
Routledge (Dec 15, 2002)
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Drawing on interviews with the black survivors of Nazi concentration camps and archival research in North America, Europe, and Africa, this book documents and analyzes the meaning of Nazism’s racial policies towards people of African descent, specifically those born in Germany, England, France, the United States, and Africa, and the impact of that legacy on contemporary race relations in Germany, and more generally, in Europe. The book also specifically addresses the concerns of those surviving Afro-Germans who were victims of Nazism, but have not generally been included in or benefited from the compensation agreements that have been developed in recent years.


Click for more detail about All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? by Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?

by Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein
Routledge (Nov 22, 2002)
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Private schools always provide a better education than public schools. Or do they? Inner-city private schools, most of which are Catholic, suffer from the same problems neighboring public schools have including large class sizes, unqualified teachers, outdated curricula, lack of parental involvement and stressful family and community circumstances. Straightforward and authoritative, All Else Equal challenges us to reconsider vital policy decisions and rethink the issues facing our current educational system.


Click for more detail about Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston by Howard Bryant Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston

by Howard Bryant
Routledge (Aug 30, 2002)
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Shut Out is the compelling story of Boston’s racial divide viewed through the lens of one of the city’s greatest institutions - its baseball team, and told from the perspective of Boston native and noted sports writer Howard Bryant. This well written and poignant work contains striking interviews in which blacks who played for the Red Sox speak for the first time about their experiences in Boston, as well as groundbreaking chapter that details Jackie Robinson’s ill-fated tryout with the Boston Red Sox and the humiliation that followed.


Click for more detail about Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy by Kathleen Cleaver and George Katsiaficas Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy

by Kathleen Cleaver and George Katsiaficas
Routledge (Mar 22, 2001)
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This fascinating book gathers reflections by scholars and activists who consider the impact of the Black Panther Party, the BBP, the most significant revolutionary organization in the later 20th century.


Click for more detail about Images: Iconography of Music in African-American Culture (1770s-1920s) (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by Eileen Southern Images: Iconography of Music in African-American Culture (1770s-1920s) (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)

by Eileen Southern
Routledge (Nov 28, 2000)
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This lavishly illustrated book brings together for the first time a significant body of imagery devoted to the traditional culture of the African-American slave.


Click for more detail about Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks Where We Stand: Class Matters

by bell hooks
Routledge (Oct 06, 2000)
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Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan Coop boards, Where We Stand is a successful black woman’s reflection—personal, straight forward, and rigorously honest—on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined, and how we can find ways to think beyond them.


Click for more detail about Teaching African American Literature: Theory and Practice by Maryemma Graham Teaching African American Literature: Theory and Practice

by Maryemma Graham
Routledge (Apr 07, 1998)
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This book is written by teachers interested in bringing African American literature into the classroom. Documented here is the learning process that these educators experienced themselves as they read and discussed the stories & pedagogical.


Click for more detail about Bitita’s Diary: The Autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Latin American Realities) by Carolina Maria de Jesus Bitita’s Diary: The Autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Latin American Realities)

by Carolina Maria de Jesus
Routledge (Nov 06, 1997)
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Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914-1977), nicknamed Bitita, was a destitute black Brazilian woman born in the rural interior who migrated to the industrial city of Sao Paulo. This is her autobiography, which includes details about her experiences of race relations and sexual intimidation.


Click for more detail about Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality by Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality

by Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro
Routledge (Aug 22, 1995)
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Black Wealth/White Wealth demonstrates how an analysis of private wealth uncovers a revealing story about race in America. An examination of how assets are created, expanded and preserved reveals a deep economic divide between blacks and whites. Charting the changing structure of inequality over many generations, the authors examine how and why many blacks have had difficulty accumulating wealth and opportunities for a better life. In combining quantitative data from over 12,000 households and interviews with a range of black and white families, the racial face of wealth in America is measured and conceptualized.


Click for more detail about The Slaves’ Economy: Independent Production by Slaves in the Americas by Ira Berlin The Slaves’ Economy: Independent Production by Slaves in the Americas

by Ira Berlin
Routledge (Mar 01, 1995)
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Slaves worked. When, where, and especially how, they worked determined the course of their lives and the shape of their culture. Slaves, naturally, served their owners for the most part, growing the great staples that stoked the international economy; but they also worked for themselves. They took control of a large part of their lives by producing food, tending cash crops, raising livestock, manufacturing finished goods, marketing their own products, consuming and saving the proceeds, and bequeathing property to their descendants. In many ways the slaves’ independent economic endeavours offered a foundation for their domestic and community life, shaping the social structure of slave society and providing a material basis for their distinctive culture. Moreover, the character of the slaves’ economy and the modest economic success achieved by black men and women during slavery influenced the hopes and aspirations they carried into freedom, giving direction to the post-emancipation struggle for equality. The legacy of slavery cannot be understood without a full appreciation of the economic basis of the world the slaves made for themselves.


Click for more detail about Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation) by bell hooks Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation)

by bell hooks
Routledge (Sep 14, 1994)
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"After reading Teaching to Transgress I am once again struck by bell hooks’s never-ending, unquiet intellectual energy, an energy that makes her radical and loving." — Paulo Freire In Teaching to Transgress,bell hooks—writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual—writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal. bell hooks speakes to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.  This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself. "To educate is the practice of freedom," writes bell hooks, "is a way of teaching anyone can learn." Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher’s struggle to make classrooms work.


Click for more detail about Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject by Carole Boyce-Davies Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject

by Carole Boyce-Davies
Routledge (Aug 25, 1994)
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This book will make a major contribution to a range of related fields: Black feminism, feminist studies, African literary and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, literary theory, cultural studies…Davies here fulfils the important task of adding a much-needed particularity to the category of Black women’s writing…
—Valerie Smith, University of California, Los Angeles


Click for more detail about Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America by Cornel West Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

by Cornel West
Routledge (Sep 09, 1993)
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In this powerful collection by one of today’s leading African American intellectuals, Keeping Faith situates the current position of African Americans, tracing the geneology of the "Afro-American Rebellion" from Martin Luther King to the rise of black revolutionary leftists. In Cornel West’s hands issues of race and freedom are inextricably tied to questions of philosophy and, above all, to a belief in the power of the human spirit.


Click for more detail about Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex and Nationality in the Modern Text (Essays of the English Institute) by Hortense J. Spillers Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex and Nationality in the Modern Text (Essays of the English Institute)

by Hortense J. Spillers
Routledge (Apr 12, 1991)
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What constitutes the pervasive cultural assumptions known to us as "America?" Since the American hemisphere actually encompasses a variety of national identities, can it make sense to speak of a unified "American" identity? Can a place for marginalized identities be established within the cultural mainstream? Comparative American Identities maps out a dynamic terrain of "New World" cultural identities, questions and problems. The essays attempt to locate "America" as a cultural and historical site of plurality and division, a discursive space of multiple differences which becomes, paradoxically, the ground for a new notion of American unity.


Click for more detail about The Barrel of the Gun and the Barrel of Oil in the North-South Equation by Ali Mazrui The Barrel of the Gun and the Barrel of Oil in the North-South Equation

by Ali Mazrui
Routledge (Feb 01, 1978)
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Click for more detail about Black Slang: A Dictionary of Afro-American Talk by Clarence Major Black Slang: A Dictionary of Afro-American Talk

by Clarence Major
Routledge (Nov 18, 1971)
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A lively and unique collection of words and phrases used by the Black community in the United States.


Click for more detail about Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

by bell hooks
Routledge (Jun 25, 1905)
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Ten years ago, bell hooks astonished readers with Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Now comes Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope - a powerful, visionary work that will enrich our teaching and our lives. Combining critical thinking about education with autobiographical narratives, hooks invites readers to extend the discourse of race, gender, class and nationality beyond the classroom into everyday situations of learning. bell hooks writes candidly about her own experiences. Teaching, she explains, can happen anywhere, any time - not just in college classrooms but in churches, in bookstores, in homes where people get together to share ideas that affect their daily lives. In Teaching Community bell hooks seeks to theorize from the place of the positive, looking at what works. Writing about struggles to end racism and white supremacy, she makes the useful point that "No one is born a racist. Everyone makes a choice." Teaching Community tells us how we can choose to end racism and create a beloved community. hooks looks at many issues-among them, spirituality in the classroom, white people looking to end racism, and erotic relationships between professors and students. Spirit, struggle, service, love, the ideals of shared knowledge and shared learning - these values motivate progressive social change. Teachers of vision know that democratic education can never be confined to a classroom. Teaching - so often undervalued in our society — can be a joyous and inclusive activity. bell hooks shows the way. "When teachers teach with love, combining care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust, we are often able to enter the classroom and go straight to the heart of the matter, which is knowing what to do on any given day to create the best climate for learning."



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