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Tressie McMillan Cottom


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Tressie McMillan Cottom is an American writer, sociologist, and professor. She is currently an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
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Accounting for Slavery
Masters and Management
Caitlin Rosenthal - Oct 15, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A Five Books Best Economics Book of the YearA Politico Great Weekend Read"Absolutely compelling."--Diane Coyle"The evolution of modern management is usually associated with good old-fashioned intelligence and ingenuity... But capitalism is not just about the free market; it was also built on the backs of slaves."--ForbesThe story of modern manageme...
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Apr 01, 2021
@nilofer @watermelondriia Yep I really like this book. It resonates well with students and lay readers. You can tell she wants to be measured and even with her restraint the empirical story is so overwhelmingly resolute that it’s poignant      source
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Lose Your Mother
A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Saidiya Hartman - Jan 22, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of Africa...
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Nov 23, 2020
@Staying_Sasha Two books I have next to that one that might help:      source
Yaa Gyasi - May 02, 2017
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A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a...
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Aug 19, 2020
@jessicashortall @choo_ek That damn book will gut you in a good way.      source
From Here to Equality
Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century
William A. Darity - Apr 20, 2020
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Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. Perhaps no moment was more opportune than the early days of Reconstruction, when the U.S. government temporarily implemented a major redistribut...
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Jun 25, 2020
My first exposure to reparations was actually Randall Robinson's trilogy back in the day. But no one book has so clearly set out the history, meaning and urgency of economic reparations for Black people as does "From Here to Equality".      source
The Economization of Life
Michelle Murphy - May 12, 2017
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What is a life worth? In the wake of eugenics, new quantitative racist practices that valued life for the sake of economic futures flourished. In The Economization of Life, Michelle Murphy provocatively describes the twentieth-century rise of infrastructures of calculation and experiment aimed at governing population for the sake of national econom...
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Mar 25, 2020
Just a good book generally      source