In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love: Precarity, Power, Communities


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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

The political theorist Joy James teaches at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. Editor of The Angela Y. Davis Reader (Blackwell, 1998), Imprisoned Intellectuals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The New Abolitionists (SUNY Press, 2005) and Warfare in the American Homeland (Duke University Press, 2007), James is also author of Resisting State Violence (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Transcending the Talented Tenth (Routledge, 1997), Seeking the Beloved Community (SUNY Press, 2013), and New Bones Abolition: Captive Maternal Agency and the Afterlife of Erica Garner (Common Notions, 2023).


Joy James's Revolutionary Love is umph-degree love; or love beyond measure. It is anything love. It is love without reckoning. It is love that dares all things, beyond which others may find the spirit-force to survive; to live to fight another day. Such love is also fighting itself, for the sake of ensuring that others may live.
--Mumia Abu-Jamal

To take the path of Revolutionary Love is to take a risk. It means walking the razor's edge. This is not a politics of the heart, not a politics of charity. No need for self-love or self-pity--it's enough to know where you stand, to embody that moment 'just before hate' and, with the energy of despair, to ward off the worst.
--Houria Bouteldja

Rooted in community-activism and the ways in which 'history is always instructive', Joy James is clear that she is 'always thinking about and in the community.' In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love is a beautiful and effective articulation and representation of those commitments.
--Kathryn Sophia Belle