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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 2nd edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896086135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“a most extraordinary book... Her courage and insight are really phenomenal. And hooks emphasizes that we always need to consider class and race when we discuss gender, She has the courage of her convictions and such emotional and intellectual autonomy. And she was so young—32—when she wrote it. It’s just remarkable.” — O Magazine “Ashley Judd, Books That Made a Difference”

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Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center established bell hooks as one of feminism's most vital and influential voices. A new preface by the author introduces the second edition of this essential classic to a new generation of feminist readers, while reminding seasoned activists of the need for continual, critical reflection.

This carefully argued and powerfully inspirational work is a comprehensive examination of the core issues of sexual politics, including political solidarity among women, men as partners in struggle, and the feminist movement to end violence. Always engaging and frequently provocative, hooks combines an accessible style with critical insight to offer a vision of feminism rooted in compassion, respect, and integrity.

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Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation's leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's 100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life, she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than seventeen books, including All About Love: New Visions; Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life; Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood; Killing Rage: Ending Racism; Art on My Mind: Visual Politics; and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. She lives in New York City.

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The readings are pretty good and insightful.
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So I am in graduate school and I have bell hooks to thank for a lot of my motivation to be here.
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Her book is honest, courageous, and a great achievement.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ethan prague on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
A fantastic, indispensable book that should be read by everyone who has eyes and half a cerebellum. A great starting point for people who, like me, were interested in feminism but always felt the whole Betty Friedan liberate-the-homemaker aspect they taught us in highschool was a bit shallow, moot, and furthermore nonapplicable to males. Hooks' voice is distinctively wise, startling, discerning, and pragmatic; conceptually, it really makes you view the way society works with new eyes, even if none of the indictments really come as a surprise. Although many readers not predisposed to radical politics may have trouble swallowing all of her ideas in this era of ultra-conservatism, this book really does have something for everybody. It's obvious the reader below calling this book baseless propaganda didn't really understand it, for harmful power hegemonies are still as central to American social and political conduct as when it was first published twenty years ago.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Maya on May 16, 2002
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Like bell hooks, I am a feminist. I am also a Chicana. It was a relief to see someone writing about the problem of racism in mainstream feminism. Hooks points out the sad fact that many women can be aware of sexism as a form of oppression, but be oblivious to other prejudices (i.e. racism & classism). She uses testimonial accounts, analysis, and her own personal experiences to paint a too true picture of the ugly side of mainstream feminism. She has shed light on why so many women of color feel uncomfortable, and perhaps unwanted when it comes to feminist activity. Look in your history books. How many photos of Blacks and Mexicans do you see marching for women's rights? Yet we were there, too. Hooks points out that we have been feminists for just as long as white women, but we have been ignored, "marginalized". Her book is honest, courageous, and a great achievement. bell hooks is an amazing writer, and I think those who read this book will also enjoy another of hook's books, "Ending Racism".
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany L Taylor on December 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
It did. Once as an undergrad and then again when I walked out of my corporate america job to go back to school. I was searching for something else in my life, wanting to quit, and there it was sitting on my shelf as it had for several years. I am a white woman and a lesbian and I must be honest and say I had never really been motivated to action reading anything in feminism, until I read this book. The first chapter takes you by storm. This book is essential for any woman, well for any person. It is an introduction into "things are not always what they seem" and the beginning of viewing the world with a critical eye. Even for us liberals there are many things that we do to contribute to a racists society, knowingly or unknowingly. So I am in graduate school and I have bell hooks to thank for a lot of my motivation to be here. Read this book and read her others(if you can keep up with the number she writes!), she is amazing and inspirational, an Audre Lorde for a new generation who were not fortunate enough to be motivated by the late warrior poet. Hooks challenges us all as Lorde did when she spoke of "doing her work asking you are you doing yours?"
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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This is an important book to read if you consider yourself a feminist but feel marginalized by the strange world of Feminists and Feminist Theory, where there seems to be an established canon.
Let me just say that this is one of the first books I bought in my undergraduate career in 1985, and it's one of the few I still keep in my library, to read when I need to get back on track to continuing to define feminism as it suits MY experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wardell on July 5, 2000
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While reading this book one must realize that Hooks' ideas are readily present in every day society. While the reader may want to categorize into white and black Hooks' teaches us not to. This book's ideas about feminism and patriarchy are phenomenal. One of the most influential ideas in the book is how Oppression starts in the family structure- men are generally the head. This is a great book, especially if you are looking for strong feminism arguments that are well-supported.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wardell on July 5, 2000
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While reading this book one must realize that Hooks' ideas are readily present in every day society. While the reader may want to categorize into white and black Hooks' teaches us not to. This book's ideas about feminism and patriarchy are phenomenal. One of the most influential ideas in the book is how Oppression starts in the family structure- men are generally the head. This is a great book, especially if you are looking for strong feminism arguments that are well-supported.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Bell on August 6, 2013
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This is the first book about feminism that I've read. I wanted to read a serious presentation of it, since I only had ideas about it that I had picked up from life and magazine articles. By analogy, I have some ideas about Australia that are probably true, like that there are kangaroos there and that there is a big desert somewhere in it, but I don't know anything serious about the history and society of that country.

Since much of the book is a reproach of earlier feminist writers, this is probably not the best book to start with to learn about feminism. But hooks describes the works she criticizes sufficiently to understand what the criticized author asserted and how hooks disagrees with them, and she gives many quotes from these writers. For example, in the first chapter hooks quotes Betty Friedan, who says that women want something more than husbands and children, namely careers, and hooks responds by asking who would take care of the children if the women is working. hooks also points out that for many people, looking after their children may be much more fulfilling than their job of being a cleaning person or a store clerk.

hooks argues that contemporary feminist thought has been shaped by well off white women whose experiences are not representative of poor white women and women who are not white. I think it's correct to say that hooks is criticizing feminism that is based on liberal individualism. "Feminist analyses of woman's lot tend to focus exclusively on gender and do not provide a solid foundation on which to construct feminist theory. They reflect the dominant tendency in Western patriarchal minds to mystify woman's reality by insisting that gender is the sole determinant of woman's fate.
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