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About Tressie McMillan Cottom
McMillan Cottom is a fan of many things but an uber fan of Dolly Parton, J. California Cooper and coffee.
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“To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth.”
—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger and Bad Feminist
Smart, humorous, and strikingly original essays by one of “America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister)
In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.
Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock. It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black American feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies. Thick speaks fearlessly to a range of topics and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays.
An intrepid intellectual force hailed by the likes of Trevor Noah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Oprah, Tressie McMillan Cottom is “among America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister). This stunning debut collection—in all its intersectional glory—mines for meaning in places many of us miss, and reveals precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.
—The New York Times Book Review
As featured on The Daily Show, NPR’s Marketplace, and Fresh Air, the “powerful, chilling tale” (Carol Anderson, author of White Rage) of higher education becoming an engine of social inequality <
Lower Ed is quickly becoming the definitive book on the fastest-growing sector of higher education at the turn of the twenty-first century: for-profit colleges. With sharp insight and deliberate acumen, Tressie McMillan Cottom—a sociologist who was once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges—expertly parses the fraught dynamics of this big-money industry.
Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with students, employees, executives, and activists, Lower Ed details the benefits, pitfalls, and real costs of the expansion of for-profit colleges. Now with a new foreword by Stephanie Kelton, economic advisor to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, this smart and essential book cuts to the very core of our nation’s broken social contracts and the challenges we face in our divided, unequal society.
This book will challenge your thinking as it encourages you to reconsider long-held positions. We won't ask you to agree with any one of us, but that you do consider each of our positions and in the end that you refashion your own. Hopefully, our book will tilt you towards action in a world and a society that’s in desperate need of help.
What do we do about inequality?: Ideas for divergent economies
- TO ADDRESS INEQUALITY, THINK GLOBAL | Dylan Matthews
- THE IDEOLOGICAL STRAITJACKET | Sean McElwee
- WHAT DOES EQUIPOTENTIALITY BRING TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF EQUALITY? | Michel Bauwens
- INEQUALITY, UNCOUNTED | Alex Cobham
- THE INEFFICIENCY OF INEQUALITY | Daniel Altman
- IS CAPITALISM UNFAIR? | Chris MacDonald
- THE PROBLEM OF INEQUALITY | Kevin Carson
- TOWARDS RENOUNCING PERSONAL PRIVATIZATION | Nicholas Archer
- THE INEQUALITY OF WILDNESS AND THE NECESSITY OF WILDNESS FOR EQUALITY | Megan Hollingsworth
- THE STICKINESS OF INJUSTICE | Jennifer Reft
- NOBLE FICTIONS AND SACRED TEXTS | Paul Fidalgo
- THE VOICES THAT ARE NOT YOUR OWN: MAINTAINING CHOICE IN THE AGE OF THE ALGORITHM | John C. Havens
- THE EMPATHY DEFICIT: WHY THE INEQUALITY CRISIS IS ALSO A CRISIS OF EMPATHY | Robin Cangie
- BILLIONAIRES WITH DRONES: FROM OLIGARCHY TO NEOMEDIEVALISM | Frank A. Pasquale
- WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF INEQUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA? | Patrick Iber
- OCCUPY SANDY AND THE FUTURE OF SOCIALISM | Sam Knight
- THE “PLACE OF BIRTH” LOTTERY | David Kaib & Chris Oestereich
- INEQUALITY AND THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE | Scott Santens
- THE AGE OF INEQUALITY: CAUSES, DISCONTENTS, AND A RADICAL WAY FORWARD | Jason Hickel & Alnoor Ladha
- TWENTIETH CENTURY SOLUTIONS WON'T WORK FOR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INEQUALITY | David O. Atkins
- THE STATE OF AFFAIRS: HEADING FROM BAD TO WORSE | Adnan Al-Daini
- THE TRAGEDY OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS | Peter Barnes
- POST-SCARCITY ECONOMICS: WHY ARE SOME PUNDITS AND ECONOMISTS STILL ENAMORED OF AUSTERITY? | Tom Streithorst
- INCOME INEQUALITY: WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT, AND WHAT’S NOT | F. Spagnoli
- TURMOIL & TRANSITION | Harold Jarche
- KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND A POTENTIAL SHIFT IN SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY | Jon Husband
- THE QUESTION OF INEQUALITY: A VIEW FROM INDIA | Akhila Vijayaraghavan
- WHAT YOU KNOW IS BASED ON WHO YOU KNOW | Deborah Mills-Scofield