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Keeping Good Time : Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People - Avery Gordon

Keeping Good Time

Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People

Hardcover Published: 15th March 2004
ISBN: 9781594510144
Number Of Pages: 264

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Avery Gordon's first book, Ghostly Matters, was widely acclaimed as a work of striking sociological imagination and social theory. Keeping Good Time, her much anticipated second book, brings together essays by Gordon that were 'written to be read aloud'. Her eloquent voice in this book further establishes her place among literary sociological writers of a new generation. Keeping Good Time explores the meaning of being a politically engaged scholar during deeply troubled times. The book's essays consider the role of education during war time, the costs of imprisonment and repression, the power of utopianism in an age of globalization, the complexities of gendered racism, the politics of culture, and the practice of theory as it emerges from everyday life.

"Keeping Good Time is a politically engaged meditation in the truest, deepest sense. In these trenchant essays, Avery Gordon rigorously excavates the nature of the historical present, even as she commits herself to the enormous project of imagining the languages necessary to realize an entirely different future.... She looks to the subjugated knowledges of the world's ragged and excluded as well as to the utopian arts of our culture's storytellers.... This book should be read by all who long for a more just world in which constant warfare, manufactured fear, and pervasive forms of human imprisonment would be unnecessary."

Janice Radway, Duke University

"In these graceful essays written to be read aloud, Avery Gordon lays down a simple provocation: take sides. Keeping Good Time helps us be partisan, by charting examples where we can find "in confrontations with injustice precisely the diagnostic insights and the imaginative means to render society adequate to human life."

Ruthie Gilmore, University of Southern California and the California Prison Moratorium Project

Prefacep. vii
Keeping Good Timep. 1
Education During Wartime
Wartime Research: The Front Linesp. 7
War Machines and Washing Machinesp. 12
On Education During Wartimep. 18
War on Iraq?p. 27
Face Up to What's Killing You
Going Inside: The Prison Research Visitp. 35
We the Peoplep. 40
Globalism and the Prison Industrial Complex: An Interview with Angela Davisp. 46
Face Up to What's Killing You: Fear and the Prison Industrial Complexp. 57
A Love Storyp. 63
Making a Difference
Alternative Graduationp. 71
Sociology After Deconstructionp. 75
Twenty-Two Theses on Social Constructionismp. 79
Theory and Justicep. 99
Making a Difference: Women's Studies in the Academyp. 106
Theses on Teaching Marxp. 110
Some Thoughts on the Utopianp. 113
An Anthropology of Marxismp. 133
No Alibis
State of the Artp. 147
Will this Election Matter?p. 149
Corporate Multiculturalismp. 152
More on Positive and Negative Images: The Case of Kara Walker, Artistp. 160
The Sledgehammer and the Dagger: A Conversation between Leon Golub and Avery Gordonp. 163
Wish upon a Starp. 174
"No Alibis": A Community Radio Collaborationp. 180
Something More Powerful Than Skepticismp. 187
Exercisedp. 207
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 237
About the Authorp. 251
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ISBN: 9781594510144
ISBN-10: 1594510148
Series: Great Barrington Books
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 15th March 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.51