Knowing Our History

Professor Black Woman recently posted a blog stating:
Miss Profe recently suggested we post books that help us all develop a more historical sense of oppression across cultures and stand in solidarity with one another
So, here is my list of books that I think would help in our fight against racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression in our everyday lives.

For books on race please check our Book section in the right hand column on our web page. For other books and journal articles:

Economics and Class Studies

Ambedkar, B. R. Annihilation of Caste. Bhim Patrika Publications, 1936.

Black, William K. The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry. University of Texas Press, 2005.

Chalcraft, John T. The Striking Cabbies of Cairo and Other Stories: Crafts and Guilds in Egypt, 1863-1914. State University of New York Press, 2004.

Chalermsripinyorat, Rungrawee. “Politics of Representation: A Case Study of Thailand’s Assembly of the Poor.” Critical Asian Studies 36, no. 4 (2004): 541-566.

Darlington, Ralph. “There is no Alternative: Exploring the Options in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike.” Capital & Class no. 87 (Autumn 2005):71-95.

Ghose, Sagarika. “The Dalit in India.” Social Research 70, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 83-109.

Grey, Mary. “Dalit Women and the Struggle for Justice in a World of Global Capitalism.” Feminist Theology: The Journal of Britain & Ireland School of Feminist Theology 14, no. 1 (Sept. 2005): 127-149.

Gutman, Huck. “Capitalism as a World Economy.” Monthly Review 55, no. 4 (Sept. 2003): 1-13.

Luk√°cs, Georg. History and Class Consciousness. MIT Press, 1972.

Meera, Nanda. “A ‘Broken People’ Defend Science: Reconstructing the Deweyan Buddha of India’s Dalits.” Social Epistemology 15, no. 4 (Oct. 2001): 335-365.

Perelman, Michael. The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secrete History of Primitive Accumulation. Duke University Press, 2000.

Reiman, Jeffery. The Rich Get Rich The Poor Get Prison, Eighth Edition. Allyn & Bacon, 2006.

Rourke, Thomas R. “Michael Novak and Yves R. Simon on the Common Good and Capitalism.”
Review of Politics 58, no. 2 (Spring 1996): 229-258.

Sharma, Arvind. “Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on the Aryan Invasion and the Emergence of the Caste
System in India.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73, no. 3 (Sept. 2005): 843-870.

Shipler, David K. The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Knopf, 2004.

Jondhale, Surendra and Johannes Beltz, eds. Reconstructing the World: B. R. Ambedkar and Buddhism in India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Weil, Robert. “Conditions of the Working Classes in China.” Monthly Review 58, no. 2 (June
2006): 25-48.

Woods, Ellen Meiksins. The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View. Verso, 2002.

Marxian/Marxist Thought

Foster, John B. Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature. Monthly Review Press, 2000.

Hinkelammert, Franz J. The Ideological Weapons of Death: A Theological Critique of Capitalism. Orbis Books, 1986.

Llorente, Renzo. “Analytical Marxism and the Division of Labor.” Science & Society 70, no. 2
(2006): 232-251.

Mandel, Ernest. An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory. Pathfinder Press, 1974.

Marx, Karl. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy Volume I. Translated by Ben Fowkes.
London: Pelican Books, 1976. Reprint, Penguin Classics, 1990.

Tucker, Robert C. The Marx-Engels Reader. W. W. Norton & Company, 1978.

Wayne, Mike. "Fetishism and Ideology: A Reply to Dimoulis and Milious." Historical Materialism 13, no. 3 (2005: 193-218.

Wood, Elisabeth Jean. Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Politics and International Relations

Achcar, Gilbert. “U.S. Imperial Strategy in the Middle East.” Monthly Review 55, no. 9 (Feb.
2004): 23-36.

Achar, Gilbert. Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in the Marxist Mirror. Monthly Review Press, 2003.

Davis, Michael. “Human Rights and the War in Iraq.” Journal of Human Rights 4, no. 1 (January- March 2005): 37-44.

Dean, John W. Worse the Watergate: The Secrete Presidency of George W. Bush. Little, Brown and Company, 2004.

Dorrien, Gary. “Consolidating the Empire: Neoconservatism and the Politics of American
Dominion.” Political Theology 6, no. 4 (Oct. 2005): 409-428.

FitzGerald, Francis. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam. Back Bay Books, 2002.

Friedman, Thomas L. From Beirut to Jerusalem. Anchor, 1990.

Karp, Walter. The Politics of War: Two Wars Which Forever Altered The Political Life of the American Republic, 1890-1920. Moyer Bell, 2003.

Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Wiley, 2003.

Mann, Michael. Incoherent Empire. Verso, 2003.

Mann, Michael. The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Mayer, Jane. “The Hidden Power: The Legal Mind Behind the White House’s War on Terror.” New Yorker 82, no. 20 (July 3, 2006).

Power, Samantha. A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. Basic Books, 2002.

Roseman, Nils. “Privatized War and Corporate Impunity.” Peace Review 17, no. 2 & 3 (April-Sept. 2005): 273-287.

Silverstein, Ken. “The Minister of Civil War: Bayan Jabr, Paul Bremer, and the Rise of the Iraqi
Death Squads.” Harper’s Magazine 313, no. 1875 (August, 2006): 67-73.

Sluka, Jeffery A. Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.

Webb, Gary. Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Seven Stories Press, 1999.

Queer Studies (I need to work on reading more on this)

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality. Vintage, 1990.

Valocchi, Stephen and Robert J. Corber, eds. Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader. Blackwell Publishing Limited, 2003.

Wilchins, Riki. Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer. Alyson Books, 2004.

Race (Not covered in Book section)

Aguilar Jr., Filomeno. “Tracing Origins: Ilustrado Nationalism and the Racial Science of Migration Waves.” Journal of Asian Studies 64, no. 3 (Aug. 2005): 605-637.

Blum, Edward J. “‘There Won’t Be Any Rich People In Heaven’: The Black Christ, White
Hypocrisy, and The Gospel According To W. E. B. Du Bois.” The Journal of African American
History 90, no. 4 (2005): 368-386.

Blum, Edward J. W. E. B. Du Bois: American Prophet. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Charles, Camille Zubrinsky. “The Dynamics of Racial Residential Segregation.” Annual Review of Sociology 29, no. 1 (2003): 167-207.

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Routledge, 2000.

Gichaara, Jonathan. “Issues in African Liberation Theology.” Black Theology: An International
Journal 3, no. 1 (Jan. 2005): 75-85.

Jalata, Asafa. “Revisiting the Black Struggles: Lessons for the 21 Century.” Journal of Black Studies 33, no. 1 (Sept. 2002): 86-116.

Kawai, Yuko. “Stereotyping Asian Americans: The Dialectic of the Model Minority and the Yellow Peril.” Howard Journal of Communications 16, no. 2 (April/June 2005): 109-130.

Li, David. “On Ascriptive and Acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and The Illogic of Assimilation.” Contemporary Literature 45, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 106-134.

Min Zhou and Yang Sao Xiong "The Multifaceted American Experiences of the Children of Asian Immigrants: Leassons for Segmented Assimilation." Ethnic and Racial Studies 28, no. 6 (Nov. 2005): 1119-1152.

Neville, Helen A., et. al. “Color-Blind Racial Ideology and Psychological False Consciousness
Among African Americans.” Journal of Black Psychology 31, no. 1 (2005): 27-45.

West, Cornel. The Cornel West Reader. Basic Civitas Books, 2000.

Wing, Bob. “Harry Chang: A Seminal Theorist of Racial Justice.” Monthly Review 58, no. 8 (Jan. 2006): 23-31.

History and Religion

Bastone, David, et. al, eds. Liberation Theology, Postmodernity and the Americas. Routledge, 1997.

Brown, Robert McAfee. Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide. Westminster John Knox Press, 1993.

Burleigh, Michael. Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War. Harper Collins, 2006.

Campbell Tracy. Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, An American Tradition, 1742-2004. Carroll & Graf, 2005.

Cone, James H. A Black Theology of Liberation. Orbis Books, 1990.

Van Cott, Donna Lee. From Movements to Parties in Latin America: The Evolution of Ethnic Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Feldman, Allen. Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland. University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Fiorenza, Elisabeth. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. Herder & Herder, 1994.

Grandin, Greg. The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation. Duke University Press, 2000.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation. Orbis Books, 1988.

MacFarquhar, Roderick and Michael Schoenhals. Mao's Last Revolution. Belknap Press, 2006.

Marsden, George. Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism. Oxford University Press, 1982.

Morris, Benny. The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Nadeau, Kathleen. Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution. Praeger Publishers, 2001.

Saxton, Alexander. Religion and the Human Prospect. Monthly Review Press, 2006.

Yaqub, Salim. Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East. The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present. Harper Perennial, 2003.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Jack.

Thank you for the pingback, and for the list. Mad props to you. A very impressive array of readings for historical perspective.