Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (Google eBook)

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U of Minnesota Press, 2008 - 252 pages
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“Avery Gordon’s stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. ” —George Lipsitz
“The text is of great value to anyone working on issues pertaining to the fantastic and the uncanny.”  —American Studies International
“Ghostly Matters immediately establishes Avery Gordon as a leader among her generation of social and cultural theorists in all fields. The sheer beauty of her language enhances an intellectual brilliance so daunting that some readers will mark the day they first read this book. One must go back many more years than most of us can remember to find a more important book.” —Charles Lemert
Drawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela (He Who Searches), Avery Gordon demonstrates that past or haunting social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume. Written with a power to match its subject, Ghostly Matters has advanced the way we look at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief and shadowy manifestations.
Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Janice Radway is professor of literature at Duke University.

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As individuals are haunted by the traumatic incidents their psyches repress, so are cultures haunted by the histories of violence and subjugation they suppress in the name of "civilization." This in ... Read full review

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I didn't understand some of it. There are some very cool thoughts contained in the book, but there is also a lot of disjunction and tedious repetition. It was an interesting work of literary criticism ... Read full review


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2 Distractions
3 The other door its floods of tears with consolation enclosed
4 Not only the footprints but the water too and what is down there
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