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8 October 2009
ISBN: 9781848134201
224 pages
198 x 129mm
Gender and Sexuality

Cultural Studies, Geography, International Relations, Politics

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The Audacity of Races and Genders

A personal and global story of the Obama election

Zillah Eisenstein


'Zillah Eisenstein watched Barack Obama’s rise to presidency like a hawk—with piercing eyes and meticulous determination to wonder what does his prospects means for us, for America, for the world, for race, for gender, for class. Nobody in our generation of scholar activists puts these lenses together better and sees farther than Zillah Eisenstein. She maneuvers them adroitly and sees the fierce urgency of our presence with uncommonly caring intellect. Zillah Eisenstein is no armchair analyst. She is a street activist with a globality of vision that sculpts a third dimension in our understanding of things. She writes with Jane Austen's pen, Angela Davis' heart, and Hannah Arendt's mind. From streets of Philadelphia to the campaign headquarters of Florida, from South Africa to Sweden, Zillah Eisenstein’s sisterhood to noble causes is the bone marrow of her convictions and insights. Her Audacity of Races and Genders is the thick description, a people’s history, of a presidential election that will mark our generation for generations to come.' - Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University in New York

'Zillah Eisenstein provides a brilliant account of the intersections of race, sex, and gender in the 2008 US Presidential election, without ever letting us forget that this national drama played out on a global stage. Her insightful portraits of presidential contenders Hillary and Barack, as well as Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin, discern with a sharp eye what is new about race and gender in this election, and what is not reminding us that true change for women and minorities is not to enter the political mainstream, but to change its course. She travels to Seoul, Barcelona, Sweden, and South Africa, describing catastrophic global inequalities, but also unprecedented networks of solidarity; she travels to Florida to elect Obama. This is a moving book, both personally and politically, uncompromising in its critique and hopeful in spirit. It is what we have come to expect from Eisenstein, who consistently gives voice to the global complexities of the struggles for social justice in our time.' - Susan Buck-Morss, Jan Rock Zubrow '77 Professor in the Social Sciences, Cornell University

'The election of Barack Hussein Obama is the occasion for these compelling, at once intimate and scholarly reflections on the audacity of politics! Whether it is the newest contortions of capitalism on a global scale, the intricacies of racialized gender in the current US political landscape, or the multi-dimensionalities of feminisms around the world, Eisenstein's trademark insight into, and passion for thinking through the messy humanity of politics shines through. A deeply engaging and fascinating read.' - Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, Author of "Feminism Without Borders, Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity." 2003