Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks

By bell hooks

Drawing on either her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with ny Coop forums, the place We Stand is a winning black woman's reflection--personal, undemanding, and conscientiously honest--on how our dilemmas of sophistication and race are intertwined, and the way we will locate how one can imagine past them.

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Ever because the booklet of Ain't I a lady: Black girls and Feminism (1981), bell hooks has challenged readers to self-reflexively interrogate structures of race, gender, and sophistication strength. the place We Stand: category concerns maintains this undertaking and starts with the declare that, regardless of the expanding hole among wealthy and negative, there isn't any on-going critique of capitalism within the usa (1). hooks devotes the remainder of the e-book to critiquing passivity within the face of sophistication issues, in addition to the common person and collective failure to take accountability for sophistication inequality. She argues that our legal responsibility as electorate who hope justice is to domesticate an ethic of team spirit with the terrible that features a dedication to dwelling easily and sharing assets (130).

As with lots of her different books and essays, hooks's exam of sophistication integrates mirrored image on her adventure of crossing category barriers as she moved from her place as a baby from a working-class relations in a segregated black group to her place as a tenured professor and public highbrow. a few readers would possibly not savor the best way hooks repeats a few tales from own event within the ebook, yet as she notes, her know-how of sophistication dynamics is still formed via the rethinking and retelling of her studies (146). in truth, hooks's dedication to noticeably contemplating the consequences of her political research for her own lifestyles has continually been one of many nice strengths of her writing. by way of situating her dialogue within the context of her transferring relation to type privilege, hooks exemplifies a primary declare within the publication that significant harmony (as against empathy) with negative humans is feasible in simple terms via a willingness either to severely give some thought to the place each one folks stands inside international type hierarchies and to problem type inequalities via our activities. based on hooks, justice calls for an ongoing attention of sophistication formed by means of "a popularity that interdependency sustains the lifetime of the planet" (130).

In her discussions of mass media, consumerism, housing, schooling, antiracism, and feminism, hooks makes an attempt to teach how either the absence of cohesion with terrible and dealing type humans of all races and a critique of sophistication energy has had a conservative impact on feminist and antiracist politics. whereas noting that a few progressive feminists and anti-racists proceed to critique type, hooks explains how type elites in either feminist and black liberation hobbies have appropriated and finally distorted the language of liberation so as to safe their type privileged prestige.

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There were low-class folks one should not bother with. She insisted one should aim high. These were big city ideas. In our small town community we Coming to Class Consciousness 31 had been taught to see everyone as worthy. Mama especially preached that you should never see yourself as better than anyone, that no matter anyone’s lot in life they deserved respect. Mama preached this even though she aimed high. The big city was too awesome and left me afraid. Yet it also changed my perspective, for it had shown me a world where black people could be artists.

I learned that my inner life was more peaceful if I did not think about money, or allow myself to indulge in any fantasy of desire. I learned the art of sublimation and repression. I learned it was better to make do with acceptable material desires than to articulate the unacceptable. Before I knew money mattered, I had often chosen objects to desire that were costly, things a girl of my class would not ordinarily desire. But then Coming to Class Consciousness 25 I was still a girl who was unaware of class, who did not think my desires were stupid and wrong.

4 Money Hungry Everyone who grows up in a household where there is a lack of material resources knows what it feels like to want things you cannot have, to want what money can buy when there is no money to spare. And so do individuals who are raised in homes where material resources could be available but are withheld because of avarice or domination. In patriarchal households, dominating males often withhold funds for basic necessities as a way of maintaining coercive control over wives and children.

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