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bell hooks on black men and masculinity

We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hooks explains why she felt the need to write this book, rather than leaving it to Black men to speak for themselves on the topic: Many of the individual black men working in the field of ending male violence… Continue reading bell hooks on black men and masculinity

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A really important book

No Place to Call Home: Gypsies, Travellers, and the Road Beyond Dale Farm by Katharine Quarmby My rating: 4 of 5 stars Quarmby discusses the history of GRT* persecution drawing heavily on the work of Romani academic Ian Hancock and other historians. British legal history includes waves of hostility towards ‘vagrants’ and ‘itinerants’ and Gypsies… Continue reading A really important book

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Short Strong Stalks

The Granta Book of the African Short Story by Helon Habila My rating: 4 of 5 stars Helon Habila has done a damn fine job of selecting a diverse and striking stories for this in my opinion, but he has made one editorial decision that didn’t suit me: putting the pieces in reverse chronological order.… Continue reading Short Strong Stalks

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Here’s something you didn’t learn in school…

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin My rating: 5 of 5 stars These days everyone’s worried about the economy! The economy is the biggest issue for voters! Won’t somebody puh-leeeeeese think of the economy? I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember anyone… Continue reading Here’s something you didn’t learn in school…

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in the shade

Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora by Deborah Gabriel My rating: 5 of 5 stars To trace the history of anti-blackness, Gabriel looks at some Biblical roots, the so-called curse of Ham. Chattel slavery in Africa predated the arrival of Europeans, with Arabs keeping African slaves (meanwhile Europeans such as the Greeks had… Continue reading in the shade

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Unlearning diagonal violence & other thoughts

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire My rating: 4 of 5 stars Perhaps I have been reading in the wrong order. I’m very familiar with the idea of dialogic pedagogy, mainly from my PGCE and reading Radical Education and the Common School, which is about liberatory education for children and young people as well… Continue reading Unlearning diagonal violence & other thoughts