Synopses & Reviews
Class, Race, and Gender: Challenging the Injuries and Divisions of Capitalism is for those who want to understand the underlying connections among today's social justice movements.
Bringing forth the basic operations of capitalist economies, it reveals what is driving many of today's most urgent and vexing problems: the common origins of the inequalities of income, wealth, and power; environmental devastation; militarism; racism and white supremacy; patriarchy and male chauvinism; periodic economic crises; and the cultural conflicts that are tearing at US life.
Michael Zweig illuminates all propositions with specific examples from US history, from the first settlement of the New World to current life, including his own lived experiences as an activist, educator, and organizer over the past six decades. As such, the book is an urgently needed resource for activists and organizers seeking structural and moral transformation of life in the US. Building on his analysis, Zweig also presents strategies for political action in electoral and movement-building work.
"Michael Zweig brings decades of social struggle and teaching experiences to his remarkable book Race, Class, and Gender. This is a work that distills rich lessons from the past so that new generations can go forward and carry on the struggle for democratic socialism."
Peter Olney, Democratic Socialists of America National Labor Commission Steering Committee
"This book has an accessible narrative style that will make it a valuable resource for movement makers. The book speaks to a need for intergenerational learning amongst the Left. It will go a long way as a very useful primer for grounding young activists."
Heidi Hoechst, education lead National Nurses United
"Race, Class, and Gender addresses fundamental questions that have emerged front and center at this historic moment as thousands of young activists are constructing strategies to dramatically reshape our world. Michael Zweig's personal touch and extensive research combine with his decades of experience to produce an accessible and engaging reference book for radical social transformation."
Gene Bruskin, strategic consultant to union campaigns
About the Author
Michael Zweig, emeritus professor of economics and
founding director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the
State University of New York at Stony Brook, received the SUNY
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. His past books include Religion and Economic Justice; The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret; and What's Class Got to Do with It? American Society in the Twenty-First Century. From 2005 to 2006, he served as executive producer of the documentary Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour. In 2009 he wrote, produced, and directed the film Why Are We in Afghanistan?
which won the Working Class Studies Association Studs Terkel Award for
media and journalism. In 2014 he received their award for lifetime
contributions to the field of working-class studies.
Rev. William J. Barber II was elected president of the
local NAACP youth council in 1978 at the age of 15. He then enrolled at
North Carolina Central University and became student government
president at age 19. He received his bachelor's degree in political
science from NCCU, cum laude, in 1985; a Master of Divinity degree from
Duke University in 1989; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew
University, with a concentration in public policy and pastoral care, in
2003. He is the author of We Are Called to Be a Movement, Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing and The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear.
He is national co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call
for Moral Revival and director of the Center for Public Theology and
Public Policy at Yale Divinity School.