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A collection of her speeches and writings which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.


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A collection of her speeches and writings which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.

30 review for Women, Culture, and Politics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Felipe Vieira

    #BingoLitNegra #LeiaNegros #MulheresParaLer Uma leitura extremamente enriquecedora. Angela Davis deixa claro que se nós quisermos uma mudança no mundo é necessário que unamos forças para lutar contra o machismo, sexismo, racismo, lgbtfobia, contra as guerras e tudo aquilo que oprime (capitalismo!!!) negros, mulheres e pessoas racializadas e pobres. Apesar de ser um livro datado e escrito nos EUA a essência dele ainda se faz muito atual e conversa não só com a realidade brasileira, mas também com #BingoLitNegra #LeiaNegros #MulheresParaLer Uma leitura extremamente enriquecedora. Angela Davis deixa claro que se nós quisermos uma mudança no mundo é necessário que unamos forças para lutar contra o machismo, sexismo, racismo, lgbtfobia, contra as guerras e tudo aquilo que oprime (capitalismo!!!) negros, mulheres e pessoas racializadas e pobres. Apesar de ser um livro datado e escrito nos EUA a essência dele ainda se faz muito atual e conversa não só com a realidade brasileira, mas também com todos os negros espalhados pelo mundo. Os textos de Davis mostram que avançamos em algumas coisas, mas que em outras, indiscutivelmente, estamos retrocedendo em comparação com a década de 80. São textos claros que mostram que a nossa luta contra a opressão precisa continuar urgentemente e sem medo. Um texto que curti bastante foi sobre a visita da Davis ao Egito para conversar com as egípcias. Fica a recomendação.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    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 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 classes, over a number of years. Throughout the volume she centers on women's issues, racial issues, and economic issues; particularly as those all affect the working class and prospects for social progress. A few of the essays could be profitably used as required reading in modern US history classes, and her comments about social problems are often equally valid today. One interesting essay is about her experiences in Egypt; another covers South African politics, and Winnie Mandela in particular; another is all about Clara Zetkin (a name I didn't previously know). The last few essays concern the arts, photography, and so forth; and in one she touches upon some issues in her own life, such as her imprisonment. (So I urge you to go forth and read her bio on Wikipedia.) The thing that struck me most glaringly about every single essay in the book is not the fact that they're all articulate, pointed, and sometimes uplifting... But that, sadly, there has been remarkably little improvement in civil rights, racial equality, and women's status since the 1980s. Truly, as I've read on signs for several protest marches over the years, we live in a world of "same shit, different century", and we obviously need to keep protesting this crap because in 2017, we seem to be in a horrifying downward tailspin back into the Dark Ages. (Haha, so now you know my political leaning, if that wasn't obvious before.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    I've read this book several times...so ready to teach my women's studies class!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Vega

    https://www.neapoulain.com/2019/01/re... Yo sólo diré que fue mejor Mujeres, raza y clase. Este libro tiene un problema: ser inconexo. Son un montón de discursos y trabajos que Angela Davis dio a lo largo de su trayectoria política y, aunque todos tienen contenidos similares en cuanto a línea política, no tienen una unión tan firme como para meterlos a todos en un libro. De verdad. Aun así, hay varias cosas destacables del libro que me gustaría hacer notar. 1) El ensayo y trabajo que hizo sobre https://www.neapoulain.com/2019/01/re... Yo sólo diré que fue mejor Mujeres, raza y clase. Este libro tiene un problema: ser inconexo. Son un montón de discursos y trabajos que Angela Davis dio a lo largo de su trayectoria política y, aunque todos tienen contenidos similares en cuanto a línea política, no tienen una unión tan firme como para meterlos a todos en un libro. De verdad. Aun así, hay varias cosas destacables del libro que me gustaría hacer notar. 1) El ensayo y trabajo que hizo sobre Egipto me pareció bastante interesante. Creo que fue ahí onde más pude ver a la Angela Davis de mujeres, raza y clase. Su análisis hace mucho énfasis en como la clase separa a las mujeres y cómo los intereses de la burguesía no son los intereses del proletariado. Tiene un análisis muy bueno sobre el velo y sus implicaciones, que comparte con Nawal el-Sadaawi, de La cara desnuda de la mujer árabe. Acá les dejo una serie de tuits con los fragmentos del libro que hablan de este asunto: 2) Habla de la necesidad de no enfocarse sólo en las reformas parciales. Aunque el de este libro no me pareció un análisis tan agudo y bueno como el que hace en Mujeres, raza y clase, si me parece bastante bueno cómo hace mucho énfasis en que las luchas parciales no van a ninguna parte. Habla del apoyo que necesitan las mujeres trabajadoras de distintos países y sus distintas circunstancias. Deja muy claro que la lucha por el aborto no debe ser sólo por el aborto, sino por la educación, el acceso a la salud y el fin de las esterilizaciones forzadas. 3) Tiene un ensayo sobre la violencia sexual que vale bastante la pena. La gran mayoría de los ensayos en el libro son reguleros en cuanto a cohesión con el resto del libro, pero este me gustó mucho porque habla de ir a la raíz de la violencia. Al principio destaca cosas muy obvias, pero todavía muy necesaria y se hace una pregunta muy interesante: ¿por qué los hombres son violentos sexualmente? ¿Biología? ¿Socialización? ¿Les enseñan a ser así? Irnos por la cuestión biológica sería una condena, puesto que es algo que no podemos cambiar, pero cuando hablamos de socialización, estamos ante algo que podemos cambiar, que podemos luchar para que deje de existir porque queremos un mundo mejor donde las mujeres no sean víctimas de violencia sexual. Bueno, pues concluyendo esto, yo diría que me hubiera gustado ver más unidad en el libro, entre los ensayos. A pesar de que no lo considero un mal libro, me supo a poco. De todos modos, fue una lectura muy interesante, por lo que se las recomendaría si les interesa el trabajo de Angela Davis.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    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 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 that Angela Davis's collection of speeches and essays (in which this book embodies) provides a powerful analysis and radically articulate critique of the political, societal, and economic climate that defined the 80's. The importance of this text emerges (for me) in the connections evoked between the forgotten and ignored subjectivities (i.e. queer, of color, women, immigrant, and poor communities) that were the real victims of Reagan's administration. Now more than ever, I understand the importance of historical memory and its roll in defining the collective consciousness of those who are oppressed by American hegemony. I recommend this book to all the members of my generation, as tool in helping conceptualize the evolution of white supremacy, racism, economic inequality, and women's oppression at the end of the 20th century.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tate

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shanice

    While I do think this book illuminated for me the havoc Reagan wreaked on marginalized people I do think the book is very dated. It helped me to contextualize our present at some turns and others I felt like some of it wasn't terribly relevant to me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    this book totally politicized me. Angela Davis for President!

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. In this sense, the most difficult challenge facing the activist is to respond fully to the needs of the moment and to do so in such a way that the light one attempts to shine on the present Will simultaneously illuminate the future."

  11. 5 out of 5

    A

    This collection of speeches and essays is a mixed bag: some pieces are broad overviews of a wide variety of social issues (these are usually the speeches), and others go more into depth on specific issues. The longest essay, about the state of the women’s movement in Egypt when Davis traveled there, was most interesting to me. The essays on the revolutionary potential of Black art were good but very basic. Throughout the collection, Davis remains committed to a worldwide peace movement and This collection of speeches and essays is a mixed bag: some pieces are broad overviews of a wide variety of social issues (these are usually the speeches), and others go more into depth on specific issues. The longest essay, about the state of the women’s movement in Egypt when Davis traveled there, was most interesting to me. The essays on the revolutionary potential of Black art were good but very basic. Throughout the collection, Davis remains committed to a worldwide peace movement and nuclear disarmament while abstaining from attacking existing socialist states; leftists in America today could take a leaf from her book. It’s a good read, and I’d recommend it if you want insights into the tenor of the progressive movement in the 80s.

  12. 5 out of 5

    4samirexss

    Uma necessária perspectiva sobre feminismo, ativismo e o papel da cultura para uma melhor consciência social rumo a uma era melhor. Apesar da escrita envolver discursos proferidos nos idos dos anos 80 em que as maiores preocupações eram o risco de uma Guerra Nuclear, a bipolaridade do mundo entre capitalismo vs. socialismo, o regime de apartheid na Africa, o apartheid de direitos sociais e civis de negros e latinos na América de Reagan, ressenti-me de a autora postergar na oportunidade a chance Uma necessária perspectiva sobre feminismo, ativismo e o papel da cultura para uma melhor consciência social rumo a uma era melhor. Apesar da escrita envolver discursos proferidos nos idos dos anos 80 em que as maiores preocupações eram o risco de uma Guerra Nuclear, a bipolaridade do mundo entre capitalismo vs. socialismo, o regime de apartheid na Africa, o apartheid de direitos sociais e civis de negros e latinos na América de Reagan, ressenti-me de a autora postergar na oportunidade a chance de mesclar tais textos com textos contemporâneos. Em essência a contemporaneidade ainda reclama a substancial leitura dos discursos proferidos por Angela Davis em Mulheres, Cultura e Política.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Honestly, this is excellent. It is well written, well thought, well argued. The book is a series of talks and articles from the late 80's. The author does an incredible job of relating every fact to the general argument. I want to also comment on how there is an exceptional amount of information here. There is a chapter for everyone. If you are interested in any aspect of women's liberation, from voting to art to medical practice, it is in this book. This was an eye-opening, jaw-dropping read. Honestly, this is excellent. It is well written, well thought, well argued. The book is a series of talks and articles from the late 80's. The author does an incredible job of relating every fact to the general argument. I want to also comment on how there is an exceptional amount of information here. There is a chapter for everyone. If you are interested in any aspect of women's liberation, from voting to art to medical practice, it is in this book. This was an eye-opening, jaw-dropping read. Terrifying is how this book is still 100% relevant today.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Sá

    Esse livro é ótimo, possui as denúncias das condições precárias do povo afro americano na década de 80 e apresenta propostas de intervenção, que podem ser aplicadas a outros contextos e é um fator fundamental de todo livro político. Também possui inúmeras referências ao contexto daquela época, como o apartheid, a revolução cubana, Nicarágua e afins. Enfim, esse livro é rico de todas as formas possíveis com linguagem acessível, apesar de precisar ser lido sem pausas nós capítulos, se não se perde Esse livro é ótimo, possui as denúncias das condições precárias do povo afro americano na década de 80 e apresenta propostas de intervenção, que podem ser aplicadas a outros contextos e é um fator fundamental de todo livro político. Também possui inúmeras referências ao contexto daquela época, como o apartheid, a revolução cubana, Nicarágua e afins. Enfim, esse livro é rico de todas as formas possíveis com linguagem acessível, apesar de precisar ser lido sem pausas nós capítulos, se não se perde o fim da meada. Com certeza não devo ter captado tudo e com certeza irei ler novamente no futuro

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Em um grupo de quatro mulheres, uma delas sera abusada sexualmente em algum momento da sua vida. O movimento das mulheres é dirigido por mulheres, em que o bem comum se da a homens e mulheres. Obrigada Davis, por relatar sobre mulheres do mundo, das minorias ate dos privilegios q muitas de nos temos, mesmo sendo mulheres. A luta não acabou Em um grupo de quatro mulheres, uma delas sera abusada sexualmente em algum momento da sua vida. O movimento das mulheres é dirigido por mulheres, em que o bem comum se da a homens e mulheres. Obrigada Davis, por relatar sobre mulheres do mundo, das minorias ate dos privilegios q muitas de nos temos, mesmo sendo mulheres. A luta não acabou 🌹

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara-Jayne

    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!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Letty Be

    Escritos necessários para o aprofundamento na questão racial e de gênero.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Heartbreaking how much HASN'T changed since the 1980s. In this book, the names are from the past (e.g., Reagan), but the situations are the same. Actually, they're worse.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vendela

    A reread. The sections on the Reagan administration are particularly relevant today.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin Larson

    30 years later many of the political references are dated - but a surprising (depressing) amount of things have not changed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    J.P.

    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 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 Capitalism & it's role in oppression of women all over the world. She stresses the importance of black women's basic needs being met that aren't because of poverty & how that has been a hindrance in outreach & participation. Those that have tried to reach them have been unsuccessful mainly because they do not understand the role class plays in their lives. And black women have been reluctant to participate due to having more pressing concerns, such as daily survival. These needs include fair wages, job security, access to health care & contraception & quality education. One particular standout in the book was her experiences with Egyptian women & how that stressed the importance of the people being oppressed participating in dismantling or reshaping whatever system or culture it is that is oppressing them. Being under a system of oppression tends to give the oppressed unique insights into the problem, how it functions & how to fix it. A one size fits all approach does not work because every country has it's own political & cultural factors that come into play. The lesson is, more often than not, get out of the way, shut up & listen. Another highlight are her speeches on South African Apartheid & Winnie Mandela. One important thing to take away from this book is that although issues like poverty need to be addressed because they address more immediate concerns of the oppressed, larger issues should not be ignored but we simply can't expect people to care when their most immediate needs are not being met. Angela makes it clear that it is important to understand the nature of the U.S., it's role across the globe, the role of race & the nature of Capitalism & how it has been tied to all of these & other issues. It kind of lulls in the middle due to short speeches that have ideas that likely need more fleshing out but were probably short speeches due to time constraints. Overall, it's a great book. A must read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    For anyone wanting an overview of Davis' work, I would recommend the Angela Davis Reader over this collection (and the Reader contains some of the best pieces from here). Still, it was interesting to read these essays - mostly written in the '80s during Reagan's second term - right after the last eight years of the Bush administration. So many of the issues are the same: increased privatization of public infrastructure (so much of what I grew up to assume were naturally private institutions were For anyone wanting an overview of Davis' work, I would recommend the Angela Davis Reader over this collection (and the Reader contains some of the best pieces from here). Still, it was interesting to read these essays - mostly written in the '80s during Reagan's second term - right after the last eight years of the Bush administration. So many of the issues are the same: increased privatization of public infrastructure (so much of what I grew up to assume were naturally private institutions were once public); blows to workers' rights and to the health and quality of life of the expanding lower classes; a continuously expanding military budget; and the list goes on. And every time I read political writings from this time, the sense of impending disaster is so clear. And I've begun to recognize in this constant fear of human self-destruction through nuclear weapons the same type of fear that that looms in the back of my mind, dull but always present, about climate change, environmental destruction, and industrial collapse. And in some ways this gives me hope - unexpected (quasi)resolutions do happen, and we move on to solve new problems. But it also makes me wonder about how a sense of dread seems to be such an integral part of human experience today, or at least especially so for those working for social change. How do we reclaim and allow joy to permeate through our thought and work, not simply dread? Of course, I may be wrong to say this is somehow new in today's world... people of all political persuasions have been predicting the collapse of society and the end of the world since we've been around, it seems. Perhaps the current status of the (faultering?) corporate nation-state has nothing to do with it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Women, Culture, & Politics is very dated and not in an interesting way. There is a lot of writing on conferences, laws, etc., which is well, trite. Example from Children First: The Campaign for a Free South Africa: "For it is the children who represent the future and who embody the spirit of democracy and freedom in their land" (104). Angela Davis frequently comes off as more liberal than radical in these essays and printed speeches. What a disappointment. I found Underexposed: Photography Women, Culture, & Politics is very dated and not in an interesting way. There is a lot of writing on conferences, laws, etc., which is well, trite. Example from Children First: The Campaign for a Free South Africa: "For it is the children who represent the future and who embody the spirit of democracy and freedom in their land" (104). Angela Davis frequently comes off as more liberal than radical in these essays and printed speeches. What a disappointment. I found Underexposed: Photography and Afro-American History most interesting in this collection.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sushila

    Granted, many of the articles in this book are about 20 years old and Davis has an anger and militance behind her that don't completely gel with my personality, but this was a great book. Actually, the fact many of the writings were older lent the book greater authority because many of the issues are sadly pertinent today. Also, it's inspiring to read someone who is so intelligent, provocative, and determined. I liked her consistent effort to transform ideals into practical goals. And even Granted, many of the articles in this book are about 20 years old and Davis has an anger and militance behind her that don't completely gel with my personality, but this was a great book. Actually, the fact many of the writings were older lent the book greater authority because many of the issues are sadly pertinent today. Also, it's inspiring to read someone who is so intelligent, provocative, and determined. I liked her consistent effort to transform ideals into practical goals. And even though she is angry, I think she ultimately believes in the goodness of people.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kellea

    I read most of this book as a undergrad at Kent State University while taking The Black Woman course in the Department of Pan-African Studies. It's Angela Davis so it was great. A fantastic resource. It's been a while, so I probably need to read it again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ollie Lush

    *

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    There's a lot I don't know about Africa, the apartheid of South Africa, and the '80s.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rafael Suleiman

    A classic analysis of race and gender in America.

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    angela davis is always brilliant. this book was published 25 years ago and felt less relevant than some of her other work, though.

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