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West, Cornel

Works: 485 works in 1,278 publications in 6 languages and 66,649 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Biographies  Speeches  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Sermons  Lectures  Excerpts  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Speaker, Commentator, Performer, Narrator, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, win, wpr, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Actor
Classifications: E185.615, 305.896073
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Race matters by Cornel West( Book )

71 editions published between 1993 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 5,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite the increasing climate of racial hatred and violence in America, discussions of race seem to be mired in traditional liberal and conservative rhetoric. Finally Cornel West provides a transformative voice willing to go to the heart of the issues and help begin the healing of our nation. Race Matters addresses some of today's most urgent issues for black Americans - from discrimination to despair, from leadership to the legacy of Malcolm X. West has the courage to break taboos of silence in the black community, while always acknowledging the realities of race in America. West, the grandson of a Baptist minister, has fused the love ethic of the African-American religious tradition with the political insights of the Black Panthers. From his fresh perspective on race in America, West is able to untangle even the issues that have been too painful or controversial for others: the new black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, and myths about black sexuality. Philosopher, theologian, and activist, West was described by the New York Times as "a cosmopolitan public intellectual among academic specialists ... [West] makes the life of the mind exciting." Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., called West "our Black Jeremiah," and Harvard Divinity School's Dean Ronald F. Thiemann said West is "the only person on the intellectual scene capable of inheriting the mantle of Reinhold Niebuhr." Racial hierarchy, Cornel West warns, dooms us as a nation to collective paranoia and hysteria - the unmaking of any democratic order. With love and insight, West's Race Matters will help guide Americans toward a genuine multiracial democracy
The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2020 in English and held by 2,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law professor Alexander argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America
The American evasion of philosophy : a genealogy of pragmatism by Cornel West( )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking Emerson as his starting point, Cornel West's basic task in this ambitious enterprise is to chart the emergence, development, decline, and recent resurgence of American pragmatism. John Dewey is the central figure in West's pantheon of pragmatists, but he treats as well such varied mid-century representatives of the tradition as Sidney Hook, C. Wright Mills, W.E.B. Du Bois, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling. West's "genealogy" is, ultimately, a very personal work, for it is imbued throughout with the author's conviction that a thorough reexamination of American pragmatism may help inspire and instruct contemporary efforts to remake and reform American society and culture."--Publisher description
The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country by Henry Louis Gates( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles one hundred influential African Americans who helped shape the history of the twentieth century, including revered figures in the fields of music, literature, sports, science, politics, and the civil rights movement
Democracy matters : winning the fight against imperialism by Cornel West( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the threats to democracy that exist both in the United States and in the Middle East, discussing the corruption that plagues our own democracy, the failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other crises
The future of the race by Henry Louis Gates( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a groundbreaking collaboration, and taking the great W.E.B. DuBois as their model, two of America's foremost African-American intellectuals address the dreams, fears, aspirations, and responsibilities of the black community--especially the black elite--on the eve of the 21st century
Making it on broken promises : leading African American male scholars confront the culture of higher education by Lee Jones( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sixteen of America's leading scholars offer an uncompromising critique of the academy from their perspective as African American men." "They challenge dominant majority assumptions about the culture of higher education, most particularly its claims of openness to diversity and divergent traditions." "What is remarkable about the chapters that make up this book - despite the authors' different paths to success, their disparate fields of study, and their distinct voices - is their almost unanimous message that higher education is inimical to African Americans."--Jacket
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 2,200 entries that provide information about African-American history, arranged alphabetically, and featuring a large number of biographies, as well as information about places, events, historical eras, legal cases, cultural achievements, professions, and sports
Struggles in the promised land : towards a history of Black-Jewish relations in the United States by Jack Salzman( )

16 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Salzman makes clear in his introduction, the purpose of this collection is not to offer quick fixes to the present crisis but to provide a clarifying historical framework from which lasting solutions may emerge. Where historical knowledge is lacking, rhetoric comes rushing in, and Salzman asserts that the true history of Black-Jewish relations remains largely untold. To communicate that history, the essays gathered here move from the common demonization of Blacks and
Keeping faith : philosophy and race in America by Cornel West( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Keeping Faith, Cornel West - author of the bestselling Race Matters - puts forward his ideas about race and about philosophy. West's powerful voice ranges widely across issues of race and culture, the role of the black intellectual, politics and philosophy in America, art and architecture, questions of legal theory, and the future of liberal thought. In a time of decay and discouragement in the black community and among progressive forces at large, Keeping Faith offers new strategies to galvanize and propel a new generation of African Americans. Yet, West argues, racial subordination must be understood within the larger crises of our society. Maintaining the uniqueness of black identity and resistance, he provocatively suggests alliances with other intellectual and community-based forms of American radicalism
Breaking bread : insurgent Black intellectual life by bell hooks( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hooks and West share roots in the black church, and have a commitment to the life of the mind and feminism. This book takes the form of a dialog that explores diverse aspects of modern African American culture: the spiritual crisis in the black community; conservatism among the black middle class; the new black nationalism; depictions of African Americans in popular culture; and uses of black icons by modern political leaders. Of particular interest are their discussions of gender and politics; and their hope that their own intellectual engagement can serve as a model for new kinds of relationships between black men and women. ISBN 0-89608-415-9: $25.00
Freedom is a constant struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement by Angela Y Davis( Book )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine. Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that "Freedom is a constant struggle."
The radical King by Martin Luther King( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became perhaps the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-three selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, that illustrate King's revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism. As West writes, "Although much of America did not know the radical King--and too few know today--the FBI and US government did. They called him 'the most dangerous man in America.' This book unearths a radical King that we can no longer sanitize."
Restoring hope : conversations on the future of Black America by Cornel West( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps the most prominent public intellectual of our time, Cornel West asks nine of America's most influential artists, scholars, and public figures about the sources of hope among African Americans today: "How can we be realistic about what this nation is about and still sustain hope, acknowledging that we're up against so much?"
Backlash : what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America by George Yancy( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When George Yancy penned a New York Times article entitled "Dear White America," he knew that he was courting controversy. Here, Yancy chronicles the ensuing blowback as he seeks to understand what it was that created so much rage among so many white readers. He challenges white Americans to develop a new empathy for the African American experience."--Provided by publisher
Critical race theory : the key writings that formed the movement by Kimberlé Crenshaw( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for understanding racial injustice and new ways of seeing the links between race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. This reader, edited by the principal founders and leading theoreticians of the critical race theory movement, gathers together for the first time the movement's most import essays. -- Back cover
Prophesy deliverance! : an Afro-American revolutionary Christianity by Cornel West( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his first book, now a classic manifesto, Cornel West revitalizes a black theology of liberation by adopting the social analysis of progressive Marxist thought. Through retelling the story of the Western philosophical tradition as well as providing a critical overview of black thought, West provides a theoretical framework for interpreting the African American experience. His goal for integrating the tradition of prophetic Christian thought with Marxist social criticism is the transformation of the structures of the world through political action."--Jacket
Spirits of the passage : the Transatlantic slave trade in the seventeenth century by Madeleine Burnside( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in Spanish and English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the early slave trade between Africa and the New World, especially Barbados, is told around the discovery of a wrecked slave ship. The book points out the differences between slavery in the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries
We have not been moved : resisting racism and militarism in 21st century America( )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We Have Not Been Moved is a compendium addressing the two leading pillars of U.S. Empire. Inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called for a "true revolution of values" against the racism, militarism, and materialism which he saw as the heart of a society "approaching spiritual death," this book recognizes that--for the most part--the traditional peace movement has not been moved far beyond the half-century-old call for a deepening critique of its own prejudices. While reviewing the major points of intersection between white supremacy and the war machine through both historic and contemporary articles from a diverse range of scholars and activists, the editors emphasize what needs to be done now to move forward for lasting social change. Produced in collaboration with the War Resisters League, the book also examines the strategic possibilities of radical transformation through revolutionary nonviolence." -- Publisher's description
The war against parents : what we can do for America's beleaguered moms and dads by Sylvia Ann Hewlett( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A white woman and a black man come together to address the burning social issue of our time: the virtual abandonment of parents - poor and middle class - by our business, political, and cultural elites. Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West call for a Parents' Bill of Rights that gives new value and dignity to the parental role and restores our nation's commitment to the well-being of children. Hewlett and West show how for thirty years big business, government, and the wider culture have waged a silent war against parents. We live in a nation where market work, centered on profits and greed, increasingly crowds out nonmarket work, centered on commitment and care
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country
The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindnessThe American evasion of philosophy : a genealogy of pragmatismThe African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our countryDemocracy matters : winning the fight against imperialismThe future of the raceMaking it on broken promises : leading African American male scholars confront the culture of higher educationEncyclopedia of African-American culture and historyKeeping faith : philosophy and race in America
Alternative Names
Cornel Ronald West

Cornel West

Cornel West afroamerykański filozof, wykładowca, działacz społeczny

Cornel West americký filozof a politický aktivista

Cornel West Amerikaans filosoof

Cornel West amerikansk filosof

Cornel West amerikansk filosof, aktivist og forfatter

Cornel West filòsof estatunidenc

Cornel West filosofo e attivista politico statunitense

Cornel West pemeran laki-laki asal Amerika Serikat

Cornel West philosophe américain

Cornel West US-amerikanischer Intellektueller

Cornel West yhdysvaltalainen filosofi

Cornell West

Dr. Cornel West

Prof. Cornel West

West, Cornel 1953-

West, Cornel (Cornel Ronald), 1953-

West, Cornel R.

West, Cornel R. 1953-

West, Cornel Ronald.

West, Cornel Ronald 1953-

Κορνέλ Γουέστ

Корнел Уест

Уэст, Корнел

Քորնել Ուեսթ

קורנל וסט

كورنيل ويست

کارنیل رونالڈ ویسٹ

웨스트, 코넬 1953-

코넬 웨스트 아프리카계 미국인 철학자, 정치인, 시민 운동가

ウェスト, コーネル

ウェスト, コーネル 1953-