According to the Washington Post, no one who cares about contemporary African -American cultures can ignore bell hooks’ electrifying feminist explorations. Outlaw culture–the culture of the margin, of women, of the disenfranchised, of racial and other minorities–lies at the heart of bell hooks’ America. Raising her. Gender Equity and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Post-Feminist Era. Lindsay J. Thompson – – Business Ethics: A European Review 17 (1)

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A superb introduction to the beliefs, ideals, philosophies, and writing style of bell hooks.

Outlaw Culture Resisting Representations

Used as a memo, not an actual review Damn I wanted to recall it later onits not my own Recommends it for: I just finished it the other day and the few essays at the end were engaging, but I recall some of it being less engaging because her critiques were geared around bbell pop-cultural items I had not read, seen, or heard.

She does this in many ways.

View all 8 comments. Bell Hooks is grossly under-appreciated. Another great thing is that she tells us what to do with our politics, how to live them, wherever possible. A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography which documented how civil rights images of powerless blacks were used to frame how whites in the Northern States of the US saw the civil rights movement.

Books by bell hooks. This book is a working through of many of the issues that confront oppressed groups in our society, it is based on the idea that those who are to speak in the name of others must constantly beware that their life-experiences and prejudices are not standing in the way of what they are trying to do.

We are called to judge between a memory that justifies and privileges domination, oppression and exploitation and one that exalts and affirms reciprocity, community and mutuality. I learn and rresisting every time I read bell hooks. I found something worthy in each chapter, but her commentary on the following – bourgeoisie notion of privacy, “love ethic”, addiction as a cover up for the inability bwll be alone with one’s self, liberal individualism vs communalism – were topics that stuck out to me and that I’m still wrestling with.

This is not the case — even now I struggle to explain uotlaw even justify my political approach to entertainment forms to many folk outside the feminist bubble.


In several essays, including one on Malcolm X, she offers a feminist perspective on the position of black men in society and their attitudes toward black women. Hooks makes the brilliant suggestion of building literacy programs for critical consciousness in movie theatres during the times when these are not in use.

Other editions – View all Outlaw Culture: I prefer a book-length work rather than a collection, nevertheless thematically these supported each other well and it was definitely well worth reading this book. Not everything in the book was so current, a couple of times I thought it was showing its age as a text but it remains thought provoking even now it helped that Resistinng had seen some of the movies discussed but hooks keeps us in the loop enough even when we haven’t, hooks is very readable, she can talk about very emotional and personal things without coming across as wishy-washy in any way.

Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations – Bell Hooks – Google Books

Dec 04, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: So, try All About Love: For instance, she pulverizes Spike Lee for the mere fact that more time in Malcolm X is spent dedicated culutre the Malcolm’s relationship with “the white woman” and not his wife. This was a collection of essays and interviews rather than a work that was written to unfold in that order. She speaks movingly about male violence against women, about black self-hatred, and about the ways an oppressive society creates its outlaws.

She can remind us here that often these unsavory representations are often just photocopies of the last unsavory representation.

Outlaw culture : resisting representations

Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth. Memorable essays touch on questions of censorship inside and outside the academy, the dearth of feminist perspectives on Malcolm X, the impact of commodity culture on political debate and the shortcomings of mainstream gender theorists Camille Paglia, Naomi Wolf and Kate Roiphe.

Gone but not forgotten. She makes it clear that little has changed: Have to start somewhere. This is a powerful book. Should I feel this happy reading this book??!

Marketing the black underclass. Her contribution was constructed in a way that played on racist stereotypes of black female sexuality. Apr 18, Andrew Bishop resisring it really liked it Recommends it for: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is much easier to attack gangsta rap than to confront the culture that produces that need.


It is from pieces and writers like this that I truly believe that change is possible. Turning from teaching to topical subjects like gangsta ersisting, censorship, date rape and Hollywood cinema, these 21 essays will enhance City College professor and political activist hooks’s Black Looks reputation as an astute, vigorous cjlture freewheeling critic on matters of race, class and gender. Jun 10, Dan’s Obsessions marked it as to-read Shelves: Given the crisis the planet is facing — rampant destruction of nature, famine, threats of nuclear attack, ongoing patriarchal wars — and the way these tragedies are made manifest in our daily life and the lives of folks everywhere in the world, it can only be a cause for rejoicing that we can remember and reshape paradigms of human bonding that emphasise the increased capacity of folks to care for the rfpresentations and for one another.

She doesn’t mention the fact that the film representaitons based on an autobiography that mirrors Spike Lee’s chronology to a greater extent than how hooks would prefer. This book was a lot to take in, and is probably not for the everyday reader.

In works such as Ain’t I a Woman: Many books are mentioned by Hooks in this work, which I am interested in looking into for additional reading. It should have been called Spike X but I digress. She shows how very revisionist and, not surprisingly, misogynist, Lee’s account is. Frank Farmer is portrayed as a conservative Republican patriarch, a defender of the nation. There was an error while adding the following items. Aug 02, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the challenge is in the power of the ideas, rather than in the language.

United States — Race relations. This book forced me to think outside I my existence and see the problems other groups of people face daily. Thank you for using the catalog. Unlike most intellectuals her work is easy to read and understand.