Critical perspectives on Bell Hooks by Maria Davidson, George Yancy

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"Although bell hooks has lengthy challenged the dominant paradigms of race, class,and gender, there hasn't ever been a finished booklet seriously reflecting upon this seminal scholar's physique of labor. Her written works objective to transgress and disrupt these codes that exclude others as intellectually mediocre, and hooks's problem to numerous hegemonic practices has seriously inspired students in different parts of inquiry, Read more...

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Hooks’s feminist theory is not anti-male, but it does oppose patriarchy. Her theory is not against whites, but it is anti-racist. ”18 Opposing patriarchy is both personal and political for hooks (as the well-versed feminist slogan goes, “the personal is political”). Here, we see how her evolving feminist theory and praxis is grounded in the familiar social spaces of family and community. As hooks recounts: …even though family relations may be, and most often are, informed by acceptance of a politic of domination, they are simultaneously relations of care and connection.

Society. ’”7 The important critique that these feminists raise does not elude the commitment that many have made in speaking and organizing against imperialism and patriarchy in social movements worldwide. , class struggle) and that on the other, does not permit a critical or reflective stance on addressing the perpetual silence about the convergence of sexism in pedagogies of social transformation. hooks’s writings remind us that critical pedagogy is ultimately a dialectical practice prompted by the concrete realities that inform the specificity of human experience.

One of the fundamental values that we must teach ourselves and others is that thought and action should be consistent with each other and double standards must be rejected. 54 32 • Nathalia E. Jaramillo and Peter McLaren Like Che, Freire, Harnecker, and other revolutionaries, hooks recognizes the importance of living a new, coherent set of values consistent with the project of social transformation. She writes: We understood economic self-sufficiency to be a crucial goal of feminist movement. However, we also believed, a belief now affirmed by experience, that it was possible for us to gain class power without betraying our solidarity toward those without class privilege.

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