Black Looks: Race and Representation

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Black Looks: Race and Representation, Boston, South End Press (1992)
by bell hooks

“Decolonization … continues to be an act of confrontation with a hegemonic system of thought; it is hence a process of considerable historical and cultural liberation. As such, decolonization becomes the contestatton of all dominant forms and structures, whether they be linguistic, discursive, or ideological. Moreover, decolontzation comes to be understood as an act of exorcism for both the colonized and the colonizer. For both parties it must be a process of liberation from dependency, in the case of the colonized, and from imperialist, racist perceptions, representations, and institutions which, unfortunately, remain with us to this very day, in the case of the colonizer . .. Decolonization can only be complete when it is understood as a complex process that involves both the colonizer and the colonized.” (Samia Nehrez)

In these twelve essays, bell hooks digs ever deeper into the personal and political consequences of contemporary representations of race and ethnicity within a white supremacist culture.

bell hooks is an American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing focuses on the interconnectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism.

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