Abolition. Feminism. Now

Haymarket. Jan. 2022. 264p. ISBN 9781642592580. pap. $15.95. SOC SCI
In this collaborative work, activists and scholars Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie trace a genealogy of abolition and feminism as concepts reliant and inextricably intertwined with one another. Their expert vision is not a unified argument, but rather a complex recognition of past efforts to guide what they contend is the only way forward for revolution: Abolition Feminism. The three main chapters within the book break down each word of the title and how they intersect with one another. In addition, graphics throughout the book aid in connecting the theory with recent popular movements’ imagery. In line with tracing an unconfined political lineage, the authors push the reader to look beyond a roadmap or checklist for revolution. They urge imagination, reflection, and, most crucially: collective activist engagement, when standing up for Abolition Feminism. Although readers may think they have heard many similar views in recent years, the book feels fresh, invigorating, and ready to inspire radical change.
VERDICT Rich with examples without being demoralizing, this shorter volume is readable for people familiar with the topics and is a necessary addition to any social justice-focused library collection.
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