The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights Open Media)

By Angela Y. Davis

"Davis' arguments for justice are bold. . . . the facility of her ancient insights and the beauty of her dream can't be denied."—The ny Times

What is the that means of freedom? Angela Y. Davis' existence and paintings were devoted to studying this basic query and to finishing all different types of oppression that deny humans their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. during this selection of twelve searing, formerly unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected problems with energy, race, gender, classification, incarceration, conservatism, and the continued want for social switch within the usa. together with her attribute brilliance, old perception, and penetrating research, Davis addresses examples of institutional injustice and explores the novel thought of freedom as a collective striving for genuine democracy—not a specific thing granted by way of the nation, legislations, proclamation, or coverage, yet a participatory social approach, rooted in tough dialogues, that calls for new methods of pondering and being. "It isn't really too much," writes Robin D.G. Kelly within the creation, "to name her one of many world's prime philosophers of freedom." The which means of Freedom articulates a daring imaginative and prescient of the society we have to construct and the trail to get there. this is often her merely e-book of speeches and her first full-length ebook due to the fact Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003).

Angela Y. Davis is professor emerita on the collage of California and writer of 8 books. She is a far wanted public speaker and an across the world identified suggest for social justice.

Robin D.G. Kelley is the writer of many books and a professor on the collage of Southern California.

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