A Selection of Writings, 1952-2011
Author: Selma James • Foreword by Marcus Rediker • Introduction by Nina López
Publisher: PM Press
Page count: 320
“Selma James is a treasure . . . one of the key political thinkers and activists of our times.” Marcus Rediker, The Slave Ship.
“It’s time to acknowledge James’s path-breaking analysis: from 1972 she re-interpreted the capitalist economy to show that it rests on the usually invisible unwaged caring work of women.” Dr. Peggy Antrobus, feminist, author.
“When Selma James speaks, I listen. When she writes, I read. She has been a crucial part of my re-education for decades.” Benjamin Zephaniah, poet
“Intellectually ambitious attempt to synthesize Marxism, feminism, and post-colonialism, not with the usual sellotaped hyphenations.” Jenny Turner, London Review of Books
“This book is not only an intellectual tour de force, it is the best how to organise manual I have ever read . . . The staggering breadth of James’ writing takes your breath away . . . practical how-to feminism from one of the outstanding thinkers of our time.” Cary Gee, Tribune
“Why had I missed this writing though much of the perspective has pervaded the movement in some form or another? . . . Her prose at once theoretical and inspirational has provided a renewed praxis to work with.” Amrita Shodhan, Feminists India
“Why is it that so many of us militant mamas who struggle to balance paid work, social justice work and childraising remain so unfamiliar with Selma James, her writings and her work? . . . a challenge to bring these histories into our present-day organizing for a truly liberated society.” Victoria Law, New Clear Vision
“Selma James is a great speaker. This collection of her writing from 1952-2011 shows that the same clarity and precision are also found in her written works.” Madame Tlank, MetaMute
“In varied contexts and at many venues, including the UN, James’s output over six decades, Sex, Race, and Class,shines with radical clarity on the economy, humanity, and society . . . Hers is a gift of clarifying often knotty issues in words that people can grasp.” Seth Sandronsky, Z Magazine
“A ‘must’ for feminist and social issues collections alike, this college-level collection provides powerful assessments of evolving women’s rights.” Midwest Book Review
“Strong stuff . . . James has clearly walked the talk during six decades of activism.” Angela Cobbinah, West End Extra