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The IAS’s 2001 Fundraising Campaign: Great Books for IAS Donors - New Titles for 2001

Raven Used Books – one of the best booksellers around – has generously made the following books available to contributors to the IAS’s 2001 fundraising campaign. Please help us meet our $20,000 fundraising goal so we can continue awarding grants to radical writers, publishing Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and building our endowment for future generations of dissenting, utopian authors.

  • For a $25 donation to the IAS, we will mail you any one of the following books.

  • For a $50 donation, we will send you any three.

  • For $100, you get seven of these great books.

  • For $500, you get all of them!

Please make checks payable to the
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--- 2001 Titles ---

  • Zygmunt Bauman, Legislators and Interpreters: On Modernity, Post-Modernity, and Intellectuals (Cornell University Press, hardcover, pp. 209, 1987, $14.95)

  • Ward Churchill, Since Predator Came: Notes From the Struggle for American Indian Liberation (Aigis Press, hardcover, pp. 426, 1995, $30)

  • Beverly Naidus, One Size Does Not Fit All (Aigis Press, paper, pp. 176, 1993, $15)

  • Howard Zinn, Marx In Soho (South End, paper, 1999, 55 pp., $12)

 

Book Descriptions


Glass Ceilings & Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty 
by Randy Albelda & Chris Tilly 

Provides a cogent analysis of the economic and social realities for women in the United States, across class lines. In an age when the right wing manipulates the dialogue around women's issues to separate middle- and upper-class women from their poorer sisters. This book's facts, figures, and analysis provide a much needed antidote.

 "This extraordinarily lucid book demonstrates that women from all walks of life get the short end of the stick because of their gender. From welfare mothers to corporate executives, Albelda and Tilly show and why the powers-that-be benefit from scapegoating and marginalizing women."—Professor Mimi Abramowitz, author, Regulating the Lives of Women

"Glass Ceilings...is practical, astoundingly comprehensive, and timely....[It] does not read like a fragmented polemic, but rather as a holistic, fully contextualized, and cogent argument...."—Social Service Review

Contents: Introduction, Women, Income, and Poverty: There's a Family Connection, Who's Poor? Patterns of Poverty, All in the Family: Family Types and Their Incomes, The Glass Ceiling and the Sticky Floor: Obstacles to Women in the Workforce, Bottomless Pits: Why Single Mothers Fare Worst, What's Wrong with Current Poverty Policies?, Lean, Mean, and Ineffective: Why 1990s-Style Welfare Reform Won't Work, Creating Real Welfare Reform, It's Not Just Welfare: Policies as if Families Really Mattered, The Power to Win Women's Economic Equality, More Detailed Definitions of Family Types and Income Categories, Women and Welfare: Popular Conceptions vs. Facts. App. C: Resources. Index

South End, paper, 1997, $18


Race, Gender And Work: A Multi-Cultural Economic History Of Women In The U.S
by Teresa Amott & Julie Matthaei

With new data on women's economic status in the '90s, this classic feminist book explores the intersecting effects of race and gender on women from diverse backgrounds.

"Amott and Matthaei have given us a lovingly detailed, richly textured history of American working women... Almost everyone will find a bit of her own grandmother's struggles and contributions in this impressively comprehensive book."—Barbara Ehrenreich

"Excellent economic analysis which ought to inform ethical and theological writings about women and actions on our behalf."—WaterWheel

"The lives of working women and their contributions to American economic history are considered in a fine blend of biography and social and political history."—Reviewer's Bookwatch

South end,  paper, 1996, 442 pp., $21


Beyond Identity Politics: Emerging Social Justice Movements In Comunities Of Color 
by John Anner (ed.) 

A long-awaited roadmap to the grassroots social justice movements of the 1990s and beyond. The strikingly diverse array of multiracial struggles presented here succeed, in various ways, by moving by simplistic identity politics. In an era when the right-wing seems to be winning all battles, Beyond Identity Politics presents a critical inside look at progressive victories.

"John Anner has put together a wonderfully useful set of essays, rich with immediate experience in community activism, and offering us hope in a time of despair."—Howard Zinn

"Beyond Identity Politics depicts the creative, militant, and usually successful work that is going on in communities of color across the US and is much needed balm for the burned out and dispirited. It will have you cheering aloud."—The Public Eye

Contents: Author's Note, Foreword, Introduction, Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand: Building Multiracial Organizations with Direct Action, Bridging Race, Class and Sexuality for School Reform, Building Class Solidarity Across Racial Lines: Korean American Workers in Los Angeles, Operation Harriet Tubman: Student Solidarity with Haitian Refugees, How the Empress Gets Her Clothes: Asian Immigrant Women Fight Fashion Designer Jessica McClintock, Contesting the Price of Mexican Labor: Immigrant Workers Fight for Justice, Linking Community Safety with Police Accountability, Native Americans Struggle for Land, Liberty, and A Toxics-Free Environment, Having the Tools at Hand: Building Successful Multicultural Social Justice Organizations, Contributors, Notes, Index, About South End Press

South End, paper, pp. 188, 1996, $14


Sisterhood & Solidarity 
by Diane Balser 

Balser examines the Working Women's Association of 1868, Union WAGE of the 1970s, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women to answer questions about organizing around gender and work issues.

South End Press, paper, pp. 247, 1987. List price: $10

 


Zapata's Revenge: Free Trade and The Farm Crisis In Mexico  
by Tom Barry 

Tom Barry views the crises that confront Mexico as alarming evidence of the incapacity of today's neoliberal and free trade policies to foster broad economic development. He explains that such strategies have resulted in reduced food security, environmental destruction, increased rural-urban polarization, depopulation of peasant communities, and social and political instability. This book offers personal interviews, investigative research, and analysis that goes to the heart of the development challenge faced by Mexico and other Latin American nations.

"[P]rovides a thoughtful and objective interpretation of one of Mexico's most serious economic issues, subsistence agriculture and the impact of the domestic and international market."—Roderic A. Camo, Latin American Center, Tulane University

"Barry should be praised for presenting an impressive understanding of the relationship between the international market and sustainable development, not limited to Mexico, but applicable to many Thrid World economies."—New Mexico Historical Review

Contents: Acknowledgements, Introduction, Reform, Revolution, and Counterreform, Populists and Technocrats, The International Context, NAFTA Pushes Agricultural Integration Forward, The Export Solution, Feeding Mexico, The End of Agrarian Reform, People of the Land, Call to Arms, On the Edge: Indians, Women, and Migrants, Sustaining Agriculture, Conclusion: Lessons and Options, Notes, Glossary, Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Selected Bibliography, Index, About the Resource Center, About South End Press

South End, paper, 1995, 317 pp., $16


Roots of Rebellion: Land And Hunger In Central America  
by Tom Barry

Contents: List of Tables, Map, Introduction, Some Facts of Land and Hunger in Central America, The Justice of Eating, The New Plantation, The Land of the Oligarchs, International Connections, Chemical Craze, Reform and Revolution, Campesino Rebellion: Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica, Food Security: Obstacles and Solutions, Footnotes, Appendix, Index

South End, paper, 1987, 218 pp., $12


Legislators and Interpreters: On Modernity, Post-Modernity, and Intellectuals  
by Zygmunt Bauman

Cornell University Press, hardcover, pp. 209, 1987, $14.95


The Reenchantment Of The World 
by Morris Berman

A perspective study of our scientific consciousness and a cogent and forceful challenge to its supremacy. Focusing on the rise of the mechanistic idea that we can know the natural world only by distancing ourselves from it, Berman shows how science acquired its controlling position in the consciousness of the West.

Cornell, paper, 1981, 353 pp., $16


Global Village Or Global Pillage: Economic Reconstruction From The Bottom Up 
by Jeremy Brecher & Tim Costello

In clear, accessible language, Brecher and Costello describe how people around the world have started challenging the New World Economy. From the Zapatistas of Chiapas to students in France to the broad-based anti-NAFTA and anti-GATT coalitions in the United States, opposition to economic globalization, Brecher and Costello argue, is becoming a worldwide revolt.

"This book is much more than a critiques of the new economic world order, it's a practical guide for action...for those who want to think globally and work locally on the economy, trade, and the environment."—Elaine Bernard, executive director, Trade Union Program, Harvard University

"[A] devastating critique of the global economic system...demonstrates, with relevant examples, how people can create a better and more humane world."—Khalil Abdallah, Eastern Worker

Contents: Acknowledgments, Introduction, The Race to the Bottom, The Era of Nation-Based Economies, The Dynamics of Globalization, The Flawed Debate, Resistance Is Global, The Lilliput Strategy, Global Rules, Labor in the New World Economy, Reversing the Race to the Bottom, Notes, Resources, Index, About South End Press, About the Authors.

South End, paper, 1994, 237 pp., $14


breinesbookCover.gif (3567 bytes)Community and Organization in the New Left, 1962-1968: The Great Refusal
by Wini Breines

"Did New Left activists have an opportunity to start a revolution that they simply could not bring off? Was their rejection of conventional forms of political organization a fatal flaw or were the apparent weaknesses of the movement – the lack of central authority, the distrust of politics – actually hidden strengths?

"Wini Breines traces the evolution of the New Left movement through the Free Speech Movement, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and SDS’s community organization projects. For Breines, the movement’s goal of participatory decision-making, even when it was not achieved, made up for its failure to take practical and direct action. By the late 1960’s, antiwar activism contribution to the decline of the New Left, as the movement was flooded with new participants who did not share the founding generation’s political experiences or values.

"Originally published in 1982, Wini Breines classic work now includes a new preface in which she reassesses, and for the most part affirms, her initial views of the movement. She argues that the movement remains effective in the midst of radical changes in activist movements. Breines also summarizes and evaluates the new growing scholarship on the 1960’s. Her provocative analysis of the New Left remains important today." ~ from the dust jacket.

Rutgers University Press, paper, pp. 187, 1989. List price: $35


Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices From The Grassroots 
by Robert D. Bullard (ed.) 

The connection between racism and environmental quality is increasingly visible. People of color in urban and rural areas are the most likely victims of industrial dumping, toxic landfills, uranium mining, and dangerous waste incinerators. This groundbreaking anthology grows out of the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and brings together leading scholars, environmental leaders, and social justice activists of the emerging environmental justice movement.

"Finally a book written by and about people of color fighting America's environmental racism!"—Gail Small, Native Action

Contents: Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, Anatomy of Environmental Racism and the Environmental Justice Movement, Beyond Toxic Wastes and Race, Environmentalism and the Politics of Inclusion, Coping with Industrial Exploitation, Getting the Lead Out of the Community, Race and Waste in Two Virginia Communities, Environmental Politics in Alabama's Blackbelt, Sustainable Development at Ganados del Valle, Nature and Chicanos in Southern Colorado, Farmworkers and Pesticides, Global Threats to People of Color, Conclusion: Environmentalism with Justice, Contributors, References, Index.

South end, paper, 1993, 260 pp., $16


Gender Trouble: Feminism And The Subversion Of Identity
by Judith Butler

Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.

Contents: Preface, i. "Women" as the Subject of Feminism, ii. The Compulsory Order of Sex/Gender/Desire, iii. Gender: The Circular Ruins of Contemporary Debate, iv. Theorizing the Binary, the Unitary and Beyond, v. Identity, Sex and the Metaphysics of Substance, vi. Language, Power and the Strategies of Displacement, II. Prohibition, Psychoanalysis And The Production Of The Heterosexual Matrix: i. Structuralism's Critical Exchange, ii. Lacan, Riviere and the Strategies of Masquerade, iii. Freud and the Melancholia of Gender, iv. Gender Complexity and the Limits of Identification, v. Reformulating Prohibition as Power, III. Subversive Bodily Acts: i. The Body, Politics of Julia Kristeva, ii. Foucault, Herculine and the Politics of Sexual Discontinuity, iii. Monique Wittig: Bodily Disintegration and Fictive Sex, iv. Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions, Conclusion: From Parody to Politics

Routledge, paper, 1990, 172 pp., $19.95


Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel And The Palestinians 
by Noam Chomsky

Chomsky assesses the ongoing peace process between Israel and the PLO, while tracing the continuities in U.S. foreign policy. With a new preface and three new chapters by Chomsky and a new foreword by Edward W. Said.

"This is a jeremiad in the prophetic tradition, an awesome work of latter-day forensic scholarship by a radical critic of America and Israel"—The Boston Globe

"A devastating collection"—Library Journal

Contents: Fanning the Flames, The Origins of the "Special Relationship", Rejectionism and Accommodation, Israel and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds, Peace for Galilee, Aftermath, The Road to Armageddon, The Palestinian Uprising, “Limited War" in Lebanon, Washington's "Peace Process", Index

South end, paper, 1999, 578 pp., $22


Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, And The Politics Of Empowerment
by Patricia Hill Collins

With the publication of Black Feminst Thought, black feminism has moved to a new level. Her work sets a standard for the discussion of black women's lives, experiences and thought that demands rigorous attention to the complexity of these experiences and an exploration of a multiplicity of responses.. - Women's Review of Books

...a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic review of black feminst thought.. -  Feminist Bookstore News

The book argues convincingly that black feminists be given, in the words immortalized by Aretha Franklin, a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T...Those with an appetite for scholarese will find Hill's book delicious.. - Black Enterprise

Routledge, paper, 1990., 266 pp., $19.95


Protectors Of Privelage: Red Squads And Police Repression In Urban America
by Frank Donner 

This landmark exposé of the dark history of repressive police operations in American cities offers a richly detailed account of police misconduct and violations of protected freedoms over the past century. In an incisive examination of undercover work in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia as well as Washington, D.C., Detroit, New Haven, Baltimore, and Birmingham, Donner reveals the underside of American law enforcement.

California, paper, 1990, 503 pp., $17


Another America: The Politics Of Race And Blame 
by Kofi Buenor Hajor

Provocative and compelling, Kofi Buenor Hadjor's work debunks the myth that race is not an important factor in U.S. life, and argues that racial issues are often camouflaged in neoconservative debates and policy proposals on crime, welfare, poverty, and family values. Another America tackles a wide range of issues, including the role of media in perpetuating common misunderstandings about race, the consequences of reduced funds for employment training, housing and education, and the reasoning behind conservative scapegoating of African Americans.

"[A] sensible, revealing appraisal of our continuing racial dilemma. Hadjor brings to his analysis the eye of an African who has lived long in the United States. It is a viewpoint that clarifies the history and the prognosis for African American Liberation."—Immanuel Wallerstein

"[I]nformative and provocative. Useful for serious students of African American studies, political science, sociology, economics, and for the general reader as well. Another America exposes the insincerity involved in the conversation on race as a factor of social politics"—Journal of Black Studies

South End, paper, 1995, 219 pp., $15


Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center 
by bell hooks

In this beautifully written and carefully argued work, hooks maintains that mainstream feminism’s reliance on white, middle-class, and professional spokeswomen obscures the involvement, leadership, and centrality of women of color and poor women in the movement for women’s liberation.

Feminism’s goal of seeking credibility and acceptance on already existing ground—rather than demanding the lasting and more fundamental transformation of society—has shortchanged the movement, hooks argues.

A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics, Feminist Theory argues that contemporary feminists must acknowledge the full complexity and diversity of women’s experience to create a mass movement to end women’s oppression.

Contents: Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory, Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression, The Significance of Feminist Movement, 4. Sisterhood: Political Solidarity Among Women, Men: Comrades in Struggle, Changing Perspectives on Power, Rethinking the Nature of Work, Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda, Feminist Movement to End Violence, Revolutionary Parenting, Ending Female Sexual Oppression, Feminist Revolution: Development Through Struggle, Bibliography, Index

South End, paper, 1984, 174 pp., $14


Ain't I A Woman: Black Women And Feminism 
by bell hooks 

A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression. Ain't I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women's movement, and black women's involvement with feminism.

"This exciting book reveals [hooks]...to be a lucid, persuasive writer and an extraordinarily penetrating and original thinker. Her wide-ranging analysis of sexist and racist oppression of black women in America...leaves no group uncriticized, no assumption unchallenged, no doctrine unsavaged, no sacred cow ignored...Her book should be widely read, thoughtfully considered, discussed, and finally acclaimed for the real enlightenment it offers for social change."—Library Journal

South End, paper, 204 pp., $15


The End Of Utopia: Politics And Culture In An Age Of Apathy 
by Russell Jacoby

We are facing the end of politics altogether, Russell Jacoby argues in The End of Utopia. Political contestation is premised on people's capacity for offering competing visions of the future, but in a world that has run out of political ideas and no longer harbors any utopian visions, real political opposition is no longer possible. In particular, Jacoby traces the demise of liberal and leftist politics. Leftist intellectuals and critics no longer envision a different society, only a modified one. The left once dismissed the market as exploitative, but now honors it as rational and humane. The left used to disdain mass culture, but now celebrates it as rebellious. The left once rejected pluralism as superficial, but now resurrects pluralist ideas in the guise of multiculturalism.Ranging across a wide terrain of cultural and political phenomena—the end of the Cold War, the rise of multiculturalism, the acceptance of mass culture, the eclipse of independent intellectuals—Jacoby documents and laments a widespread retreat from the utopian spirit that has always been the engine for social and political change.

Basic Books, paper, 2000, 256 pp., $26


The State Of Native America: Genocide, Colonization, And Resistance 
by M. Annette Jaimes (ed.)

This unprecedented anthology has quickly become the classic text for all who want to understand the problems confronted by native people in North America. Includes, among other topics, treaty rights and international status, self-governance, U.S. repression, spiritual hucksterism, resource development and uranium contamination on reservations, religious freedom, and the implications of the Columbus Quincentennary celebration.

"Jaimes's timely anthology, whose contributors include lawyers, theologians, political activists, academics, and artists, is a must for anyone interested in what concerns America's indigenous people."—Publishers Weekly

South End, paper, 460 pp., $20


Democracy In Mexico: Peasant Rebellion And Political Reform 
by Dan La Botz

Placing this book in the context of NAFTA and Mexican movements for social change, journalist and historian Dan La Botz unveils the forces behind Marcos and the Zapatista Rebellion of January 1994 and re-examines the circumstances surrounding the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. Contains a detailed analysis of how Ernesto Zedillo and the PRI won the August 21, 1994 elections and includes an examination of widespread electoral fraud. La Botz provides a first-hand account of the founding of National Democratic Convention (CND), the new force for democracy and social justice in Mexico led by Rosario Ibarra. Ibarra is Mexico's leading human rights activist and first woman presidential candidate.

"Dan La Botz gives texture to the complex web of Mexican civil society-from armed Zapatista rebels to neighborhood committees to the independent labor movement. This book provides the essential background for understanding the fascinating array of players whose combined efforts will transform Mexico into a more just and democratic society."—Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange

"La Botz provides and important addition to the growing literature about the role of popular movements in Mexico fast paced, journalistic style convincingly argues his work provides the necessary balance of information to substantiate, his point."—J

Contents: Acknowledgments, Introduction, Rebellion of the Faceless, Peasant Rebels: The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, From Mexican Revolution to One-Party State, Out of the Rubble: The Rise of Civil Society, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas: The Son of the General, Carlos Salinas and the Technocratic Counter-Revolution, Party of the Democratic Revolution: Mexican Social Democracy, Workers Plot Rebellion on the Northern Border, Mexican Women: Between Rebellion and Reform, The Second Aguascalientes: The National Democratic Convention, Carousels, Racoons, and Crazy Mice: The Fight for Election Reform, The Election of Zedillo: How Free, How Fair, Epilogue, Notes, Bibliography, Photo Descriptions and Credit, Index, About the Author, About South End Press

South End, paper, 1995, 271 pp., $17


Pipe Dream Blues: Racism And The War On Drugs 
by Clarence Lusane

Lusane argues that the federal drug war being waged in the nation's capital is parallel to that waged against other communities nationwide and worldwide.—SF Bay Guardian

South End, paper, 1991, 292 pp., $14


Myths About The Powerless: Contesting Social Inequalities 
by M. Brinton Lykes (ed.)

This collection examines the realities of social inequality, providing critical analyses of contemporary issues at the center of national debate--homelessness, the underclass, poverty, welfare, unemployment, health and mental health care, and gender and intercultural relations. A scholar and life-long activist, William Ryan's notions of "blaming the victim" and "fair shares vs. fair play" provide potent jumping-off points for the contributors' insights into the struggle for equality and social justice in the 1990s. Their call to unmask the underlying assumptions that sustain inequality offers a compelling challenge to the neoconservative strategy that dominates public debate and legislative agendas.

Temple, paper, 1996, 391 pp., $22.95


Minding Nature: The Philosophies Of Ecology 
by David MacCauley (ed.)

Minding Nature: This volume examines the works of some of the most influential Western philosophers of ecology, tracing their influence on movements including deep ecology, ecological feminism, bioregionalism, and critical postmodern ecology. Leading authorities examine, critique, and build on the insights of thinkers such as Hobbes, Heidegger, Bloch, Jonas, Mumford, Ehrlich, and Bookchin. Topics discussed include the claims and merits of anthropocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric positions; rationality and its relationship to knowledge, technology, and social change; and what our conceptions of nature tell us about our vision of politics and society.

Guilford, paper, 1996, 355 pp., $18.95


Secrets: The Cia's War At Home 
by Angus MacKenzie

This eye-opening exposé, the result of fifteen years of investigative work, uncovers the CIA's systematic efforts to suppress and censor information over several decades. An award-winning journalist, Angus Mackenzie waged and won a lawsuit against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act and became a leading expert on questions concerning government censorship and domestic spying. In Secrets, he reveals how federal agencies--including the Department of Defense, the executive branch, and the CIA--have monitored and controlled public access to information. Mackenzie lays bare the behind-the-scenes evolution of a policy of suppression, repression, spying, and harassment.

Secrecy operations originated during the Cold War as the CIA instituted programs of domestic surveillance and agent provocateur activities. As antiwar newspapers flourished, the CIA set up an "underground newspaper" desk devoted, as Mackenzie reports, to various counterintelligence activities--from infiltrating organizations to setting up CIA-front student groups. Mackenzie also tracks the policy of requiring secrecy contracts for all federal employees who have contact with sensitive information, insuring governmental review of all their writings after leaving government employ.

Drawing from government documents and scores of interviews, many of which required intense persistence and investigative guesswork to obtain, and amassing story after story of CIA malfeasance, Mackenzie gives us the best account we have of the government's present security apparatus. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the inside secrets of government spying, censorship, and the abrogation of First Amendment rights.

  California, paper, 1997, 241 pp., $17


MacLachlanbookCover(2).gif (12781 bytes)Anarchism and the Mexican Revolution: The Political Trials of Ricardo Flores Magón in the United States
by Colin M. MacLachlan

Ricardo Flores Magón (1873-1922) occupies a unique position as both a hero in the revolutionary mythology of modern Mexico and a forerunner of the political and social activism of twentieth-century Mexican-Americans. Colin MacLachlan, through his analysis of court records, tells the tragic, fascinating story of this important revolutionary and anarchist who died in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, the victim of judicial repression.

"Historians of the Mexican experience in the United States, immigration, leftist politics, and legal affairs . . . [and] anyone interested in the First Amendment should read this book; anyone concerned about individual rights during wartime should read it as well."
--William H. Beezley, Texas Christian University

"A rich and multi-textured presentation. While scholars will find this work extremely enlightening, the general reader will be caught up in the human drama."
--James W. Wilkie, University of California, Los Angeles

University of California Press, pp. 185, 1991. List price: $14


De Colores Means All Of Us: Latina Views For A Multi-Colored Century 
by Elizabeth Martinez

The unique Chicana voice of Elizabeth Martinez arises from more than thirty years of experience in the movements for civil rights, women's liberation, and Latina/o empowerment. With sections on women's organizing, struggles for economic justice, and the Latina/o youth movement, De Colores Means All of Us will appeal to readers and activists seeking to organize for the future and build new movements for liberation.

"Elizabeth Martinez has played a unique and extraordinary role as chronicler of Chicana/o history, and De Colores beautifully captures her passion, her intelligence, her powerful commitment to universal human values. I am very happy this volume exists, and hope it will be widely read."—Howard Zinn

"[Latinos] are not only invisible in the mainstream media; we're pushed to the side in progressive publications and causes. I'm hopeful, however, that minds might open with the publication of [Martinez's] marvelous collection of essays."—The Progressive

South End, paper, 1998, 265 pp., $18


Todd May Book.gif (8714 bytes)The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism
by Todd May

"The political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy, primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along a single parameter: the balance between state power and the individual rights in liberalism and the focus on economic justice as a goal in Marxism.

"What poststructuralists like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-Francois Lyotard offer instead is a political philosophy that can be called tactical: it emphasizes that power emerges from many different sources and operates along many different registers. This approach has roots in traditional anarchist thought, which sees the social and political field as a network of intertwined practices with overlapping political effects. The poststructuralist approach, however, eschews two questionable assumptions of anarchism, that human beings have an (essentially benign) essence and that power is always repressive, never productive.

"After positioning poststructuralist political though against the background of Marxism and the traditional anarchism of Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Proudhon, Todd May shows what a tactical political philosophy like anarchism looks like shorn of its humanist commitments – namely, a poststructuralist anarchism. The book concludes with a defense, contra Habermas and Critical Theory, of poststructuralist political thought as having a metaethical structure allowing for positive ethical commitments." ~ from the back cover.

Pennsylvania State University Press, paper, pp. 165, 1994. List price: $13.95


The Politics Of The Possible: The Brazilian Rural Workers' Trade Union Movement, 1964 - 1985
by Biorn Maybury-Lewis

Despite repressive military dictatorships, 2800 rural workers' trade unions were founded in Brazil between 1964 and 1985. Maybury-Lewis analyzes how union leaders carved out a place for themselves in the political order of the country and how rural laborers succeeded in asserting themselves as a powerful minority for the first time in Brazilian history. 

Temple, 1994, paper, 297 pp., $20


Streets Of Hope: The Fall And Rise Of An Urban Neighborhood
by Peter Medoff & Holly Sklar

"Using the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston's most impoverished neighborhood as a case study, the authors show how effective organizing reinforces neighborhood leadership, encourages grassroots power and leads to successful public-private partnerships and comprehensive community development."—Prof. Norman Krumholz

"At a time when others are writing off our inner cities and writing off inner city youth, Streets of Hope challenges and inspires us with the brilliance of the Dudley Street neighborhood example."—Frieda Garcia, chair, The Boston Foundation

Contents: Acknowledgments, Maps, Introduction, Remembering, Creating the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Don't Dump On Us: Organizing the Neighborhood, Planning an Urban Village, Controlling the Land Through Eminent Domain, Land and Housing Development: The Triangle and Beyond, Holistic Development: Human, Economic, Environmental, The Power of Youth, Pathfinders, Box: DSNI's Declaration of Community Rights, Notes, List of Interviews, Appendix A: Census Data Tables, Appendix B: Declaration of Community Rights in Spanish and Cape Verdean, Index, About the Authors.

South End, paper, 1994, 337 pp., $18


Loving In The War Years
by Cherrie Moraga

Weaving together poetry and prose, Spanish and English, family history and political theory, Loving in the War Years has been a classic in the feminist and Chicano canon since its 1983 release. The war years continue, and loving still resides in the uncensored word. The silenced sentence—lo que nunca pasó por sus labios—once spoken, inspires insurrection.

South End, paper, 1983, 152 pp., $14


Art and Society: Lectures and Essays
by William Morris

"The nine lectures and essays collected in this volume represent the most important formulations on art and society that William Morris developed after he joined the socialist Democratic Federation in 1883. In vibrant and compelling prose, they demonstrate that Morris is the true initiator of an extraordinarily creative tradition of radical aesthetics that includes such twentieth-century figures such as George Lukács, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and Raymond Williams." ~ from the back cover

George Hill Publications, paper, pp. 174, 1993). List price: $15 (out of print)


Anarchism and Environmental Survival
by Graham Purchase

In the following essays, Graham Purchase "deals with virtually every important issue on the anarchist and Green agendas: bioregionalism; technology and its effects on the environment; population; the organization of work; feminism and its relationship to both anarchism and environmentalism; chaos theory and its relation to anarchist theory; animal rights and vegetarianism; and the social ecology of Murray Bookchin".     ~   from the introduction.

1994, See Sharp Press, Paperback 156 pages


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by Õsugi Sakae
translated with an introduction by Byron K. Marshall

"In the Japanese labor movement of the early twentieth century, no one captured the public imagination as vividly as Õsugi Sakae (1885-1923). Flamboyant in life, dramatic in death, Õsugi came to be seen as a romantic hero fighting the oppressiveness of family and society. Now available in English for the first time, his autobiography offers a rare glimpse into the formative years of a Japanese rebel."    ~   from the dust jacket.

1992, Temple University Press, Paperback, 167 pages


Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breath Fire 
by Sonia Shah (ed.)

In Dragon Ladies, prominent Asian American women writers, artists, and activists seize the power of their unique political perspective and cultural background to articulate an Asian American feminist politics and to transform the landscape of race, class, and gender in the United States.

In sixteen critical essays, these writers draw on a wealth of personal experience and cogent analysis of Asian women's relationships to immigration, work, health, domestic violence, spirituality, cultural production, and the media. From the global trade in Asian women workers to the elitism of the white feminist movement, no ground is sacred. These women warriors don't mince words but speak with fierce conviction and surprising insight.

This book showcases the growing politicization of Asian American women and their emerging feminist movement. It will be a vital contribution to women's and Asian American studies, and a must-read for Asian women and girls everywhere.  

Contents: Preface    Trailblazing in a White World, Foreword    Breathing Fire, Confronting Power, and Other Necessary Acts of Resistance, Introduction Slaying the Dragon Lady Toward an Asian American Feminism, Part 1    Strategies and Visions: Strategies from the Field, Critical visions, A Slippery Path, Redefining the Home, On Asian America, Feminism, and Agenda-Making Part 2    An Agenda for Change: Asian Women's Health, Expanding Environmental Justice, Empowering Women, Building Shelter Part 3    Global Perspectives: Breaking the Cycle, The Global Trade in Filipina Workers, Los in Translation, Part 4    Awakening to Power: Revolution's from the Heart, Bringing Up Baby, Searching for the Ox, Yellowdykecore

South End, paper, 1997, 240 pp., $17


Biopiracy: The Plunder Of Nature And Knowledge 
by Vandana Shiva

In this intelligently argued and principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North's ongoing assault against the South's biological and other resources.

Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals.

Contents: Introduction: Piracy Through Patents: The Second Coming of Columbus, Knowledge, Creativity, and Intellectual Property Rights, Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned?: Redefining Biodiversity, The Seed and the Earth, Biodiversity and People's Knowledge, Tripping Over Life, Making Peace with Diversity, Nonviolence and Cultivation of Diversity, Notes, Index.

South End, paper, 1997, 148 pp., $13


Chaos or Community?: Seeking Solution, Not Scapegoats For Bad Economics 
by Holly Sklar

Holly Sklar presents a disturbing vision of the modern, corporation-dominated America, where the rich get richer, the poor are mired in poverty, and the society no longer cares for its children....At a time of governmental cutbacks, Sklar is a dissenting voice.—Washington Post Book World

"If logic, facts and clear-headed analysis were the ticket to political success, Holly Sklar would surely be president. She marshals her evidence mercilessly, but still finds reasons for hope. Chaos or Community? Ultimately, its up to us. Read this book, hand it out to your friends, and let's get started."—Barbara Ehrenreich

"Holly Sklar takes a penetrating look at the present economic and social situation in the United States. This is an eye-opening book which is very factual in nature and which serves to arouse the desire to improve conditions."—The Beacon

"A much needed breath of fresh air....Sklaar's book should serve as an urgent call to action in these difficult times."—Food First News and Views

South End, paper, 1995, 215 pp., $15


Leasing The Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover Of Academia 
by Lawrence Soley

Exposes the growing corporate threats to the future of intellectual inquiry and civil society itself. Corporate investments, Soley argues, have dramatically changed the mission of higher education; they have led universities to attend to the interests of their well-heeled patrons, rather than those of students.

"Confirms what most student activists already know from daily experience...that the truly pervasive influences in America intellectual culture is not 'PC' but 'BC'—Big Corporations."—National Progressive Student Network

"Required reading for the Class of 1999, both in and outside of academia."—Herbert I. Schiller, author, Culture Inc.

"Soley's book puts a face (or at least a corporate logo) on the companies that are working to control the moral, financial and political direction of American colleges and universities. A must read for students fighting corporate domination."—Center for Campus Organizing

South End, paper, 1995, 202 pp., $13


Talking About A Revolution: Interviews
South End press Collective 

Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Barbara Ehrenreich, bell hooks, Winona Laduke, Manning Marable, Urvashi Vaid, and Michael Albert

South End, paper, 1998, 130 pp., $14


Earth For Sale: Reclaiming Ecology In The Age Of Corporate Greenwash 
by Brian Tokar

Since the early 1990s, activists, corporations, and government officials have battled for the heart and soul of the environmental movement. In Earth for Sale, Brian Tokar examines the economic issues, political divisions, and worldviews that have shaped this conflict, and their implications for a renewed ecological movement for the twenty-first century.

"Finally, in one accessible book, activists can be brought up to date on the last thirty years of mainstream environmentalism, the 'wise use' backlash, and the many grassroots movements for social and ecological justice."—Greta Gaard, University of Minnesota

"Illuminating...Earth of Sale is a fantastic primer for those looking for some historical perspectives on the environmental movement. Well-written and thoroughly researched... Earth for Sale is a clarion call for nothing short of an ecological revolution."—The Ecologist

Contents: Introduction: Environmental Politics at the Crossroads, Prologue: The Challenge of Environmentalism, Questioning Official Environmentalism, Trading Away the Earth, The Limits of Regulation, Activist Dilemmas: Insider Politics vs. The Forests, Ecology and Revolution, Environmental Justice, The New Forest Activism, Ecological Movements in the Third World, Unifying Movements: Theory and Practice, Ecology, Community, and Democracy, Notes, Index,

South End, paper, 1997, 255 pp., $18


Hear My Testimony: Maria Teresa Tula, Human Rights Activist Of El Salvador
by Maria Teresa Tula

Following in the footsteps of Rigoberto Menchu, Maria Teresa Tula describes her childhood, marriage, and growing family as well as her political consciousness, activism, imprisonment and torture. The human side of the civil war in El Salvador and decades of repression come to the fore in this woman's tale of extraordinary courage and ordinary labor.

"It warms the soul to realize the heights to which women like Maria Teresa can soar when struggling for a cause they believe in."—Medea Benjamin, Director, Global Exchange

"Hear My Testimony is a compelling, auto-biographical account of a human rights activist in El Salvador during its worst episodes of political and social violence."—Women in Libraries

South End, paper, 1994, 240 pp., $14


The Queer Question: Essays On Desire And Democracy
by Scott Tucker

In The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy, Scott Tucker issues a fierce clarion call to radicals and queers to be true to the democratic potential of the united States. In this collection of essays, Tucker targets homophobia and anti-sex sentiment within the traditional Left, racism and red-baiting among queers, narrow definitions of "family values," and democracy only for the chosen few. Tucker engages with a wide range of queer questions debated within the last decades, from the political insights of the New Left to the gay-marriage debate. Tucker writes passionately about being a long-term AIDS activist and co-founder of Prevention Point Philadelphia, a syringe exchange and harm-reduction program for drug users and sex workers. He uses his own experience as International Mr. Leather to shed light on S/M culture and polymorphous desire. Whether the topic is sex or science, Bill Clinton pr Ralph Nader, Tucker argues convincingly and humanely for a society in which radical kinship, solidarity, and desire are part and parcel of a healthy civil society.

Eloquent and principled, intelligent and enlightening, Tuckers' book will resonate for queer activists, proponents of social justice and equality, and radical thinkers everywhere.

Contents: Foreword: Internationalist Mr. Leather, Preface: The Lavender Left, Acknowledgments, Our Right to the World: Beyond the Right to Privacy, "Queerer Than We Imagine": A Defense of Identity and Solidarity, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Censorship and Sexuality, Fighting Words: An Open Letter to Queers and Radicals, A Declaration of Independence: Queering the American Dream, Selected Bibliography, Index, About South End Press

South End, paper, 1997, 255 pp., $18


Tradition(s): Refiguring Community And Virtue In Classical German Thought
by Stephen H. Watson

What is the origin of the concept of tradition? How does the notion of tradition affect our understanding of the present and the past? What exactly is tradition? Stephen H. Watson provides a fine-grained account of tradition that draws on Gadamer, who conceives of tradition in terms of continuity, and Foucault, who engages in critique through the presentation of difference. Tradition(s) accomplishes this through a series of original readings of Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy, in which topics such as Kant on friendship, nature in post-Kantian thought, Heidegger's relationship to Hobbes, and Hegel's conception of justice are discussed with great scholarly precision and insight.

Indiana, paper, 1997, 325 pp., $17


Raiding The Icebox: Reflections On 20th-Century Culture 
by Peter Wollen

The history of high art cannot be written separately from that of performance and design, claims Peter Wollen. Focusing on the rise and fall of modernism, Wollen reviews the expectations of artists and critics fascinated by both Henry Ford's assembly line and the Hollywood dream factory. He deconstructs the "antinomies that constituted the identity of modernism ... functional/decorative, useful/wasteful, natural/artificial, machine/body, masculine/feminine, west/east."

Contents: Acknowledgements, Out of the Past: Fashion / Orientalism / The Body, Modern Times: Cinema / Americanism / The Robot, The Triumph of American Painting: 'A Rotten Rebel from Russia', The Situationist International: On the Passage of a Few People through a Rather Brief Period of Time, Notes from the Underground: Andy Warhol, Morbid Symptoms: Komar & Melamid, Into the Future: Tourism, Language and Art, Index.

Indiana, paper, 1993, 223 pp., $16


Marx In Soho
by Howard Zinn

The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.

 Zinn introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.

Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how relevant Marx’s ideas are for today's world.

Historian and activist Howard Zinn is the author of the bestselling A People’s History of the United States and numerous other writings. He recently received the Eugene V. Debs and Lannan Foundation awards for his writing and political activism. He is also the author of Emma, a play about Emma Goldman, in the anthology Playbook (South End Press).

South End, paper, 1999, 55 pp., $12