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Where We Stand: Class Matters


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Preface: Where We Stand Introduction: Class Matters 1. Class: All in the Family 2. Coming to Consciousness 3. Class and the Politics of Writing 4. The Power of Fantasy 5. The Passion to Possess 6. The Politis of Greed 7. Being Rich 8. Class and Race: The New Black Elite 9. Feminism and Class Power 10. White Poverty: The Politics of Invisibility 11/ Solidarity With the Poor 12. The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless 13. Class Claims: Real Estate Racism 14. Living Without Class Heirarchy

About the Author

Bell Hooks has published three books with Routledge: Teaching to Transgress, Reel to Reel, and Outlaw Culture. Her most recent publications are All About Love and her children's book Happy to Be Nappy.


This incisive examination of class is rooted in cultural critic hooks personal experience, political commitment, and social theory, which links gender, race, and class. Starting with her working-class childhood, the author illustrates how everyday interactions reproduce class hierarchy while simultaneously denying its existence. Because she sustains an unflinching gaze on both her own personal motivations and on persistent social structures, hooks provides a valuable framework for discussing such difficult and unexplored areas as greed, the quest to live simply, the ruling-class co-optation of youth through popular culture, and real estate speculation as an instrument of racism.

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