The Point is to Change the World
Selected Writings of Andaiye
Series: Black Critique
An inspiring collection from one of the Caribbean's most vital political figures.
Through essays, letters and journal entries, Andaiye's thinking on the intersections of gender, race, class and power are profoundly articulated, Caribbean histories emerge, and stories from a life lived at the barricades are revealed. We learn about the early years of the Working People's Alliance, the meaning and impact of the murder of Walter Rodney and the fall of the Grenada Revolution. Throughout, we bear witness to Andaiye's acute understanding of politics rooted in communities and the daily lives of so-called ordinary people.
Featuring forewords by Clem Seecharan and Robin DG Kelley, these texts will become vital tools in our own struggles to 'overturn the power relations which are embedded in every unequal facet of our lives'.
Andaiye (1942 -2019) was a Guyanese social, political, and gender rights activist, who has been described as a transformative figure in the region's political struggle. She was an early member of the executive of the Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana, alongside Walter Rodney. A founding member of the women's development organisation Red Thread in Guyana in 1986, Andaiye was also an executive member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA).
Alissa Trotz is Professor of Women & Gender Studies and Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto.
'It is not an exaggeration to say that this volume will occupy a vaunted place alongside the writings of C. L. R. James, Frantz Fanon, Aime Cesaire, Sylvia Wynter, Edouard Glissant, George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite, Stuart Hall, and certainly Walter Rodney. And like her distinguished predecessors, Andaiye and her brilliant collaborator, Alissa Trotz, did not put this book together in order to gather dust in a library. The title says it all: The Point is to Change the World' - Robin D.G. Kelley, author of 'Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination'
'This collection is a benchmark for the study of the Caribbean radical imagination' - Clem Seecharan, Emeritus Professor of History at London Metropolitan University and author of 'Sweetening "Bitter Sugar": Jock Campbell, the Booker Reformer in British Guiana, 1934-66'
'What is remarkable about Andaiye's book, like Andaiye herself, is its liveliness, its accessibility and its unpretentiousness as it offers a thoughtful and compelling portrait of a period and a place that is often overlooked in discussions of the global south' - Honor Ford-Smith, founding Artistic Director of the Sistren (Sisters) Theatre Collective and author of 'My Mother's Last Dance'
'A comprehensive assessment of Andaiye's journey of personal, political and professional growth. Notwithstanding her privileged position, she was a resolute advocate for working-class women. Her legacy as a Caribbean activist and strategist is formidable' - Patricia Rodney, Chair of the Walter Rodney Foundation
'Andaiye was the most important Caribbean woman intellectual-activist of the generation of Walter Rodney. Her subtle, river-clear, loving and angry intelligence is rescued here, and with it the memory of the political struggles of the 1970s and 80s in which a critical feminism emerged from the ruins of the Black Power moment' - Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London
Foreword by Robin DG Kelley
Part I: Learning Lessons from Past Organizing
1. The Good and Bad of Some Earlier Feminist and Left Organizing in the Region
2. Notes on the Guyana Indian/African Race Divide and on Organizing Within and Against It
Part II: A Different Perspective: Starting with the Unwaged Caring Work of Mainly Women We Reach All Sectors
3. Why and How To Count Unwaged Work
4. Breaking the Frontier Between Home and Street, Unwaged and Waged
Part III: The Political in the Personal
5. My Breast and Yours, and the Inequalities of Power
6. Women and Depression: Auto/Biographies
7. Undomesticating Violence
Part IV: Towards Strengthening the Movement
8. Gender, Race and Class: A Perspective on the Contemporary Caribbean Struggle
Last Word: Walter Rodney's Last Writing on and for the Guyanese Working People
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745341262
eBook ISBN: 9781786806239
150mm x 230mm