Challenge your biases and broaden your understanding of power and how we wield it with this essential guide.

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Product Code: 9394
ISBN: 9780711268968
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Leaping Hare/Quarto
Pages: 128
Published Date: 06/20/2024
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Power is complex. But Do The Work is a guide to navigating those complexities. From ancient theories of power to contemporary examples, from cultural patterns to personal insights, this guide provides a foundation for examining hierarchies and inequalities and establishes a framework for understanding power and how it shapes our lives and communities.

Between these pages, theory, commentary, and analysis create an engaging, creative, and mindful reading experience. This guide features approachable overviews of complex topics, thought-provoking questions, evocative illustrations, pages for your reflections, and steps we can all take to reframe our relationship to power and reinvigorate our desire to empower the people around us.

Thanks to the work of writer and scholar Megan Pillow, Roxane Gay, and illustrator Aurélia Durand, Do The Work is a must-read for a more just future—and a more equitable now.

Do The Work asks:

- What can we learn about power from history and from our current moment?
- Who are the powerful, and who are the people denied power?
- Where are our own sources of power?
- How do we recognize our mistakes and become more self-aware?
- What does it mean to reclaim our power and to build community?

Do The Work explains:

- How theorists from Aristotle to Hannah Arendt have shaped our understanding of power
- Why Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality is at the heart of power discussions
- What Laura Mulvey and Audre Lorde can teach us about power and gender
- How poverty, redlining, and The Voting Rights Act all illustrate power imbalances
- What the Stonewall Riots showed us about resistance and community
- How to train ourselves in collective thinking, and what it means to “choose the margins”


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Contents

Introduction

Section One: What is Power?
Theories of Power
Interrogate/reflect

Section Two: Who Gets to Have Power?
Power and race
Power, gender identity, and sexuality
Power and money
Power and politics
Intersectionality: a brief primer
Interrogate/reflect

Section Three: What Affects a Person’s Power?
Power and privilege
In your community
Interrogate/reflect

Section Four: What Can We Do About Power?
Power in conflict
Interrogate/reflect
Practices toward self-awareness
Interrogate/reflect

Section Five: How Can You Empower Others?
Power and resistance
Steps to empower
Interrogate/reflect

Endnotes
Bibliography
Additional Reading
Biographies
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