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by Bell Hooks

Category: United States
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Bell Hooks
ISBN: 0921284349
ISBN13: 978-0921284345
Language: English
Publisher: Between the Lines; 1st edition (December 1990)
Pages: 236
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Crosses disciplinary boundaries in major debates on postmodern theory, cultural criticism, and the politics of race and gender.

Crosses disciplinary boundaries in major debates on postmodern theory, cultural criticism, and the politics of race and gender. hooks values postmodernism's insights while warning that the fashionable infatuation with discourse about difference is dangerously detachable from the struggle we must all wage against racism.

bell hooks offers some beautiful and profound material here. Politics of location constrain people into distinct positions such as race, class, and gender, and politics of articulation, correspondingly, sets the ideology by which to function and recount alternative voices, and negotiate one’s political self (hooks, 1990, p. 191). The positionality of being on the margin can therefore bring forth new alternatives – and can work toward shifting the status quo (hooks, 1990).

bell hooks crosses boundaries in major debates on postmodern theory, cultural criticism, and the politics of race and gender. She warns that "discourse" about "difference" is dangerously detachable from more essential struggles. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (Historical Dictionaries of Sports).

Yearning crosses disciplinary boundaries in major debates on cultural criticism and the politics of race and gender. Hooks warns us about the tendency of the discourse about difference to be removed from the struggle we must all wage against power. One of the leading public intellectuals of her generation, bell hooks has authored over 20 books, including several classics in African-American and Women's Studies. Known mainly as a feminist thinker, hooks addresses a broad range of issues related to gender, race, teaching, and media, always advancing the understanding that these topics must be conceived of as interconnected, not isolated strands.

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

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Comments to eBook Yearning Race Gender and Culture: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics
Rageseeker
Book was in good condition, no complaints here
Xurad
Really enjoyed chapter 3, Homeplace.
Jack
Great read!!!
Marr
~ there are books that one reads and remembers,

there are others that become family members; books that stay with one throughout longines of suffering;

words from the author stoicly holding up the soul when one doesn't have the strength

~ this book lives by my nightstand; the words from bell hooks essay, "Choosing the margin,"
found me when i was an undergraduate and struggling; struggling with figuring out how to write

the truth;

moreso; how exactly to write the truth in front of everybody; how to look people in the eye; and still,

write the truth; it is a painful undertaking; this writing of the truth in front of everybody; this essay

will teach a writer more than any lecture on learning to live within

the safe language space; it will speak to the intellectual who is figuring out still,

how to say it;

the truth;

how to make it look good and feel good and taste good; there is no way to do this; and in a radical

chess move, ms. hooks writes as if to say there is a better way to keep the flame of your soul alive

learn to reside within the margin space ; learn to live within the group, by living on the outside, refuse to

step

inside the circle ; refuse

to become one who agrees to everything ; stay here in this radical space ; this

margin ; will sustain you ; by living within the margin ; this is where you will begin to thrive ;

call bell hooks radical call her racist call her what you will but she too, has mastered living in the margins

and this is where she will thrive and survive this is the great open radical space where no one can touch her ;

she is ultimately

one of the worlds purest forms

of greatness ;

i admire her ; and i cherish

nearly every single thing she ever writes ;
Zonama
Being substantially outside of Bell Hooks' target audience, I confess a certain amount of difficulty in hearing what she has to say. Frankly, I had to read this book twice in order to get past her offensive terminology. "Whiteness" is the foundational problem for Hooks, and it leads to racism, colonization, and "oppressive structures of domination."
It is possible that Hooks uses inflammatory language with intention. Her overarching purpose seems to be to rekindle black solidarity in order to complete movement toward racial freedom and equality. This goal is laudable, but I find it easier to support Hooks when she rephrases this goal outside of racial class conflict. She advocates for control of one's destiny, self-actualization, community, and integrity of being, but she does not seem to realize that these are the yearnings of all humanity, not simply American blacks.
American culture, perhaps every human culture, is hierarchical. Even whites must deal with the "oppression" of those higher in the structure. Continued fracturing of middle and lower levels of the social structure along racial lines merely diffuses the power innate to each social class. Coalitions across racial, religious, and ethnic barriers are needed to compete with the hegemonic power of the social elites. Hooks passionate voice may actually work to maintain the secondary status of black Americans by making such coalitions more difficult.
I find two additional inconsistencies in Hooks message. First, she advocates solidarity and self-actualization, but I cannot help but wonder if these two goals can be harmonized. Secondly, I believe she is guilty of baseline distortion in her assumption of hopelessness as the black cultural norm. This implied victimization is self-defeating, and seems to deny the tremendous advances black Americans have made educationally and economically in the last twenty years.
It is possible that America needs to be continually confronted lest we become complacent in the progress we have made toward an egalitarian ideal. If so, Hooks' voice should be heard. But make no mistake about it, Hooks is not a voice of calm reason and balanced reflection. She writes from the fringes where ideals shine so brightly that the merest hint of a blemish is magnified.
Lonesome Orange Kid
Yearning is comprised of a series of essays, which identify, dissect, and communicate cultural politics with a focus on the world's lack of focus towards black women. Various overlooked and underrepresented groups in the media and world literature are given a voice too. Stereotypes and cultural ignorance is dealt with thoroughly. Not only does the author shoot down the upper-class white heterosexual male icon, she analyzes mentally, statistically and historically oppressed peoples own misgivings. All the while, the book is entertaining. bell hooks has a straight forward approach that forces one to look past his-story's rhetoric and recognize truths. hooks writes for those with a vocabulary, so if that's what you lack, grab Webster and learn a few words as you gain insight and recognition on cultural politics.
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