Two influential books have come out of the Social Justice Writer's Retreat in Negril, Jamaica.
In 2009, George Washington Law School Professor Paul Butler - a participant in the inaugural workshop - had a book party to celebrate the publication of his new book: Let's Get Free - which is a deeply perceptive critique of the criminal justice system. Paul had presented draft chapters of this book at the Retreat on two previous occasions. We applaud its publication and thank him and the rest of our summer colleagues for the wise counsel that they offer to the Policy Forum.
Barbara Tomlinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at UC, Santa Barbara also devoted a great deal of time at our 2009 Retreat to pen the newly 2010 release of, Feminism and Affect at the Scene of Argument: Beyond the Trope of the Angry Feminist. Using case studies from controversies in socio-legal studies, musicology, and science studies, among other disciplines, Tomlinson examines the rhetorics of anger, contempt, betrayal, intensification, and ridicule. She employs a set of critical tools—feminist “socio-forensic” discursive analysis—that will prove indispensible for understanding and countering tropes like that of the angry feminist. Moreover, these tools will advance feminism, which, she argues, is generated in and by arguments with allies and antagonists.
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