Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (Emergent Strategy)

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (Emergent Strategy)

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Undrowned is a book-length meditation for social movements and our whole species based on the subversive and transformative guidance of marine mammals. Our aquatic cousins are queer, fierce, protective of each other, complex, shaped by conflict, and struggling to survive the extractive and militarized conditions our species has imposed on the ocean. Gumbs employs a brilliant mix of poetic sensibility and naturalist observation to show what they might teach us, producing not a specific agenda but an unfolding space for wondering and questioning. From the relationship between the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and Gumbs’s Shinnecock and enslaved ancestors to the ways echolocation changes our understandings of “vision” and visionary action, this is a masterful use of metaphor and natural models in the service of social justice.

Title:Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (Emergent Strategy)
ISBN:9781849353977
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    Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (Emergent Strategy) Reviews

  • Bogi Takács

    Quickly adding because people asked: I loved this book and it was exactly what I needed at this point in life (even though I am much more of a marine invertebrates person :) ). A text full of heart an...

  • David Wineberg

    Undrowned is an intriguing title. Alexis Gumbs has a wonderfully deep knowledge of sea mammals, and this book is meant to be anthropomorphic; how those mammals duplicate or inspire human equivalent ac...

  • Corvus

    My immediate impression upon beginning to read Alexis Pauling Gumbs', "Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals," was that I could tell that the author is a poet. I have read a lot of boo...

  • A. Breeze Harper

    I finished reading Undrowned and it was phenomenal. Undrowned is a Black feminist perspective on what marine mammals have taught the author. Throughout the book connections are made to the atrocity of...

  • Laura

    I knew from the title that this was a book I had to read, and it was even more magical than I expected. I read slowly, little bits at a time, leaving time for thinking and writing and exploring in bet...

  • Andrea

    If planet earth were a book but narrated by Toni Morrison instead of David Attenborough. Another book that I've read but I'll be picking up again soon. It's wonderfully broken up into easily digestibl...

  • Rachel Harding

    I'm actually still reading this book, not quite halfway through yet, but I love it. And I'm recommending it to friends. It is such a profoundly encouraging, thoughtful and deeply useful text for the m...

  • Amyleigh

    This was beyond five stars. A necessarily urgent guide to loving, intimacy, care and nurturance culture, to refusing capitalism and rethinking relation. As a white able-bodied woman living on stolen l...

  • Cat

    Have you ever fallen in love with a writer's prose like a coup de foudre? When I heard Alexis Pauline Gumbs read an excerpt of her work at the American Studies Association conference a few years ago, ...

  • Ariana

    "I don't know. What I do know is water. And how it rises to the surface when I think of you. Water and how it floods me when I know. Water and what it means and what it could do and how we need it. I...