Emma Goldman

Political Thinking in the Streets

By (author) Kathy E. Ferguson

Publication date:

16 April 2011

Length of book:

362 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780742523005

Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her lifetime she was a vigorous public intellectual within a global network of progressive politics. Engaging Goldman as a political thinker allows us to rethink the common dualism between theory and practice, scrutinize stereotypes of anarchism by placing Goldman within a fuller historical context, recognize the remarkable contributions of anarchism in creating public life, and open up contemporary politics to the possibilities of transformative feminism.
Finally, a study of Emma Goldman's thought that treats her not only as revolutionary activist, sexual liberationist, anarchist or feminist, but as an original and provocative political thinker. Kathy Ferguson's own gift for subtle theoretical work combined with extensive archival research, textual analysis, and keen critical appreciation of Goldman's analytic compass points and political imagination, have together generated a volume of the first rank.