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Joy James

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Academia, Activism, and Imprisoned Intellectuals

James engages in a dialogue on shared leadership and political analyses that confront state violence, as well as the contributions and contradictions of political prisoners. Using Abu-Jamal’s comments on “Love and Rage,” she describes the tensions inherent in academic and activist venues. Although generally disparaged in its radical forms in the academy, activism prides itself on love and rage, immediacy and responsiveness. It embraces these human responses to life and pain as much as academia might distance itself from them.

activism, political prisoners, intellectuals, activists

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 2 (2003): 3-7