New PDF release: Critical perspectives on Bell Hooks

By Maria Davidson, George Yancy

"Although bell hooks has lengthy challenged the dominant paradigms of race, class,and gender, there hasn't ever been a complete e-book seriously reflecting upon this seminal scholar's physique of labor. Her written works objective to transgress and disrupt these codes that exclude others as intellectually mediocre, and hooks's problem to varied hegemonic practices has seriously prompted students in different components of inquiry, Read more...

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Hence, this inward-outward movement is not contradictory, but harmoniously interdependent. ”8 hooks notes that, “In the United States it is rare that anyone talks about teachers in university settings as healers. ”9 It was the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, both teacher and activist, that influenced hooks’s notion of the teacher as a healer. hooks’s discourse of healing, however, is not a discourse grounded in mysterious incantations.

46 Borderlines • 29 To reduce identity solely to the experience that people have of their race, class, and gender location is to fail to acknowledge the objective structures of inequality produced by specific historical forces (such as capitalist production relations) that mediate the subjective understandings of both individuals and groups. Most social relations constitutive of difference are considerably shaped by the relations of production and that there exists a racialized and gendered division of labor whose severity and function vary depending upon where one is located in the capitalist global economy is a commonplace assumption within various schools of Marxism.

While we find it important for a class analysis to focus on the ideological dimensions of consumption and how the state and the media sell the “notion of identification with the rich” to communities, too much emphasis on the discursive dimensions of class is problematic for a number of reasons. There is a tendency to reduce the experiential to roistering narratives at the level of culture, which often translates into an aboulia at the level of material life as the concept of agency remains acquiescent to the rule of capital and thus naturalizes existing social relations.

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