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Belonging: A Culture of Place 1st Edition

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Righteous cultural critic hooks continues her deep inquiry into how we might live more meaningful and sustainable lives in essays that combine an ecological perspective with arresting insights into African American agrarian history. Hooks writes about the solace she found as a girl in the hills of Kentucky, her long years away, and her return, which has inspired a fresh look at the self-reliant communities of black Appalachians and their nurturing connection to the land. As hooks parallels the environmental crime of mountaintop-removal coal mining with the injustices poor people face, she retrieves the lost stories of black farmers and ponders the psychological consequences of the great migration to the industrialized, urban North, and the degradation of tobacco from a sacred plant to a deadly product. Paying tribute to her quilt-maker grandmother, who instilled in her a “spiritual aesthetic,” hooks, at once intellectually rigorous and warmly personal, creates a quilt of radiant essays that defines a “culture of belonging” rooted in reverence for life and a genuine involvement with place and community. --Donna Seaman


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041596816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415968164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lucas Harriman on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't normally post reviews like this, but I felt I had to say that Routledge should be ashamed of the editorial job done with this publication. It was obviously rushed through production and, judging on the three to five typographical errors appearing on each page, was barely skimmed in the galley stage. And these are not simple spelling errors either. For example, on page 183, the text mentions "potential community that will simply be there when all that white and black folks know of one another is what they find in the media." It can be gathered from context that it should read "that will simply NOT be there..." This is a serious ommission, and similar ones pepper the entire book. Dr. hooks certainly deserves much more respect than this, as do her readers. I am also disappointed to say that this is not the first Routledge publication I could have made similar remarks about.
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I am currently taking an elective, looking at comparative inequities in cultures, races, gender and LGBTQ matters. My professor is a bell hooks fan, and I wanted to understand his passion for her work. I also wanted a better sense of her experience, as native Kentuckian, transplant to California, New York, and Arizona (to name a few places), and how she reclaims her roots in her native state of Kentucky. I like the idea of examining place, belonging and how we go about reclaiming our healing space after we've been injured by our own native identity.

Let's start with the positive attributes, here - great passages, like recounting sharecropper's experiences in Kentucky, the culture of quilting and reconnecting with seven generations of legacy and anguish. What doesn't work is that the editing, here, is deplorable. I even caught typos. It was embarrassing, at times. Also, the last portion of this book scraped the enamel off of my teeth, my patience was tried so much. It became preachy and even annoying. If this book stopped at the halfway mark, it would have been a hit. A pity!
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I'm afraid that the poor editing that another reviewer described extended beyond the numerous typos he cited. The book is a series of essays that rehash the same themes repeatedly, in what seems to me to be a fairly deadly combination of academic jargon and solipsism: She (bell) moved back to her roots in Kentucky, to her (somewhat idealized?) black country roots, where she extolls the virtues of country life without actually practicing it. The reason she doesn't is that she doesn't have a green thumb.... People who live from the land, including her ancestors, don't have the luxury of such thumbs--it's get one or starve! Dare I suggest that her own privilege is (as privilege tends to be) not quite visible to her?

I don't begrudge bell hooks these lifestyle choices, and agree with a great deal of what she says about the importance of place and belonging. I even share her longings for a place and time that no longer exist. But in spite of her rhetoric, hers is far from a political solution, as many--most?--Americans, black, many-colored and white, have few if any roots to return to. And I found myself thinking, okay, bell, you've got a hundred well-repeated rationales for your choices, but most of us don't have a Kentucky to go home to, or the means to live there if we did. And just try peddling your theories to gang bangers in the ghetto. I work with their female relatives every day, and it's just not gonna wash! And by the way, most of them couldn't, or wouldn't, read your book. Even with a grounding in the lingo, I found it heavy going.

And by the way, did I mention that the book is repetitive? It wants some serious parsing.
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I bought this book with great enthusiasm. As a visual artist and woman of color working on issues of belonging, I felt for sure this work would help me structure my ideas. I could not have been more wrong! To begin with, this book has so many grammar, punctuation and spelling errors that I remain astonished that it made it to press. Did anyone at all look at this book before it made it to print? My word. I have never seen anything like this under two covers before. There is NOT ONE page that does not have some kind of problem. That alone is a complete turn off. You cannot read the book but for the errors! In addition, if you have read any of hooks's other books, like I have done, there is literally nothing new here. A rehashing of the same ideas, which are important, but just feel really used up and tired in this book. Indeed, the best part of this book is the cover image "This is Appalachia" by Priya Thoresen.
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