The Angela Y. Davis Reader
December 1998, ©1998, Wiley-Blackwell
Even for readers who primarily know her as a revolutionary of
the late 1960s and early 1970s (or as a political icon for militant
activism) she has greatly expanded the scope and range of social
philosophy and political theory. Expanding critical theory,
contemporary progressive theorists - engaged in justice struggles -
will find their thought influenced by the liberation praxis of
Angela Y. Davis.
The Angela Y. Davis Reader presents eighteen essays from
her writings and interviews which have appeared in If They Come
in the Morning, Women, Race, and Class, Women, Culture, and
Politics, and Black Women and the Blues as well as
articles published in women's, ethnic/black studies and communist
journals, and cultural studies anthologies. In four parts -
"Prisons, Repression, and Resistance", "Marxism, Anti-Racism, and
Feminism", "Aesthetics and Culture", and recent interviews - Davis
examines revolutionary politics and intellectualism.
Davis's discourse chronicles progressive political movements and social philosophy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary political philosophy, critical race theory, social theory, ethnic studies, American studies, African American studies, cultural theory, feminist philosophy, gender studies.
Part I: Prisons, Repression, and Resistance:.
1. Excerpts from Angela Davis: an Autobiography.
2. Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation.
3. Unfinished Lecture on Liberation - II.
4. Race and Criminalization: Black Americans and the Punishment Industry.
Part II: Marxism, Anti-Racism and Feminism:.
5. Reflections on the Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves.
6. Rape, Racism, and the Capitalist Setting.
7. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism.
8. Joanne Little: The Dialectics of Rape.
9. Women and Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation.
10. The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective.
11. Outcast Mothers and Surrogates: Racism and Reproductive Politics in the Nineties.
12. Black Women and the Academy.
Part III: Aesthetics and Culture:.
13. For a People's Culture.
14. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality and Domesticity.
15. Photography and Afro-American History.
16. Afro Images: Politics, Fashion, and Nostalgia.
17. Meditations on the Legacy of Malcolm X.
18. Black Nationalism: The Sixties and the Nineties.
Part IV: Interviews: .
19. Coalition Building Among People of Color: A Discussion With Angela Y. Davis and Elizabeth Martinez.
20. Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender in the USA.
Appendix: Opening Defense Statement Presented By Angela Y. Davis in Santa Clara County Superior Court March 29, 1972.
* Includes both previously published articles and essays as well as unpublished speeches and writings.
* Includes an introduction, bibliography, and chronology of political activism.
"Although Davis's writing in the Reader is at times flat
and workmanlike, the anthology gradually reveals her humanistic
vision in wonderful gestures and acute observations" Phillip M.
"This collection refutes that often-heard statement – that
it is impossible today to be both a true intellectual and a true
activist. Everyone who is concerned with the life if the mind as it
illuminates the struggle for social justice will be provoked, even
inspired, by these writings." – Barbara T. Christian,
Professor of African-American Studies, University of Californa,
"Angela Davis has stood as a courageous voice of conscience on
matters of race, class, and gender in America. Joy James has
provided a great service in pulling together and making accessible
for the first time in a single volume Angela Davis’s seminal
writings." – David Theo Goldberg, Arizona State
"Long before ‘race/gender’ became the obligatory
injunction it is now, Angela Davis was developing an analytical
framework that brought all of these factors into play. For readers
who only see Angela Davis as a public icon, welcome to this
remarkable book and meet the real Angela Davis: perhaps the leading
public intellectual of our era." – Robin D. G. Kelley, author
of Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture
Wars in Urban America (1997)
"A truly inspiring collection. Angela Davis offers a cartography of engagement in oppositional social movements and unwavering commitment to justice." – Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Women’s Studies, Hamilton College