- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (November 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1138821683
- ISBN-13: 978-1138821682
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery 2nd Edition
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The noted author of Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism ( LJ 12/1/81) and Black Looks: Race and Represen tation ( LJ 7/92) takes a down-to-earth appproach to the process of self-actualization. An avid fan of self-help literature and a professor of African American studies, hooks summons the perspectives of both these disciplines to address the concerns of victims of institutionalized racism, sexism, and capitalist oppression. The title captures the yam's status as "a life-sustaining symbol of black kinship and community" as well as being the name of the author's campus support group. Through personal testimony, hooks describes how women can heal lives strained by kin, work, loss, yearning, mendacity, addiction, and ego. She considers the political realities black women must face as she implores them to heal themselves. Readers trying to unlearn racism and sexism will respect hooks for politicizing the self-recovery movement. Highly recommended.
- Kathleen E. Bethel, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evans ton, Ill.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Sisters of the Yam, with its mixture of personal narrative, cultural critique, brief literary analyses, and plain, old-fashioned, kitchen table common-sense advice, might very well reach beyond the university to the diverse groups of people that have been hooks’s ‘intended’ audience throughout much of her speaking and writing." ―Sandra Adell, African American Review (1995)
"In Sisters of the Yam, hooks articulates black women’s healing as an expression of ‘liberatory political practice.’ This statement transformed my consciousness as a health activist. By simply caring for myself, I can be a revolutionary. . ." ―Sariane Leigh, The Feminist Wire (2012)
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