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Imagination : a manifesto / Ruha Benjamin.

Benjamin, Ruha, (author.).


In this work, Ruha Benjamin calls on us to take imagination seriously as a site of struggle and a place of possibility for reshaping the future. A world without prisons? Ridiculous. Schools that foster the genius of every child? Impossible. Work that doesn't strangle the life out of people? Naive. A society where everyone has food, shelter, love? In your dreams. Exactly. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University professor, insists that imagination isn't a luxury. It is a vital resource and powerful tool for collective liberation. Imagination: A Manifesto is her proclamation that we have the power to use our imaginations to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive. But obstacles abound. We have inherited destructive ideas that trap us inside a dominant imagination. Consider how racism, sexism, and classism make hierarchies, exploitation, and violence seem natural and inevitable--but all emerged from the human imagination. The most effective way to disrupt these deadly systems is to do so collectively. Benjamin highlights the educators, artists, activists, and many others who are refuting powerful narratives that justify the status quo, crafting new stories that reflect our interconnection, and offering creative approaches to seemingly intractable problems. Imagination: A Manifesto offers visionary examples and tactics to push beyond the constraints of what we think, and are told, is possible. This book is for anyone who is ready to take to heart Toni Morrison's instruction: "Dream a little before you think."

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781324020974
  • ISBN: 1324020970
  • Physical Description: x, 178 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2024]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-167) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Whose imagination? : "We are in an imagination battle" -- Imagining ourselves : "Nothing has to look or function the way it does" -- Imagining eugenics : "Stop making war on those who have a different imagination" -- Imagining justice : "We must tap the well of our own collective imaginations" -- Imagining the future : " Unless we live with that consciousness, we are going to destroy ourselves" -- Imagination incubator : "Utopias tend to be wrong, but they can be useful in their wrongness".
Subject: Imagination.
Social change.
Activism & Social Justice.
Political Ideologies - Capitalism.
Cloth or Hardcover.
Ethnic Studies - American - African American & Black Studies.

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