Where We Stand Class Matters

ISBN-10: 041592913X
ISBN-13: 9780415929134
Edition: 2001
Authors: Bell Hooks
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Description: Where We Stand is a powerful new book by one of America's most admired critics and writers. For years we have turned to bell hooks-feminist, social thinker, memoirist, teacher-for her deeply felt ideas on women, race, culture, sexuality, and more  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/4/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Where We Stand is a powerful new book by one of America's most admired critics and writers. For years we have turned to bell hooks-feminist, social thinker, memoirist, teacher-for her deeply felt ideas on women, race, culture, sexuality, and more recently on love and children. Now Bell Hooks talks about class-the 'elephant in the room'-the subject we all know is central to our culture and its problems but that hasn't been given the attention it so desperately needs. Why is it that the face of poverty in America is a black face, even though most of the thirty-six million poor in America are white? How do fantasies of wealth's power help keep the poor poor? What do black teens want, and how do they learn to want it? Are wealthy black Americans any more aware of class issues than wealthy whites? Why do we need so much money, after all? Bell Hooks talks about these subjects in her own style. Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan coop boards, Where WeStandis 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.

Bell Hooks was born Gloria Watkins on September 25, 1952. She grew up in a small Southern community that gave her a sense of belonging as well as a sense of racial separation. She has degrees from Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has served as a noted activist and social critic and has taught at numerous colleges. Hooks uses her great-grandmother's name to write under as a tribute to her ancestors. Hooks writes daring and controversial works that explore African-American female identities. In works such as Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism and Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, she points out how feminism works for and against black women. Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth.

Preface: where we stand
Introduction: Class Matters
Making the Personal Political: Class in the Family
Coming to Class Consciousness
Class and the Politics of Living Simply
Money Hungry
The Politics of Greed
Being Rich
The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless
Class and Race: The New Black Elite
Feminism and Class Power
White Poverty: The Politics of Invisibility
Solidarity with the Poor
Class Claims: Real Estate Racism
Crossing Class Boundaries
Living without Class Hierarchy

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