Author(s): Wilson, Jeff
An astonishing graphic novel that brings Chomsky's political analysis to bear on real people's stories on the frontlines of America's struggle for economic justice and human dignity. The Instinct for Cooperation innovatively balances those real-life stories of struggle with conversations the author has had with Chomsky on how best to understand them. Although the themes are wide ranging, this book is ultimately about the importance and need for spaces of resistance in countering state and other institutional forms of violence. For example, when discussing the removal of books by police and sanitation workers from Zuccotti Park in November of 2011, Chomsky paused saying, "Arizona knows all about that," referring to the 2010 banning of Mexican American Studies in Tucson schools under Arizona House Bill 2281 which deemed classes that taught "ethnic solidarity" to be illegal. Rather than footnote the reference, Wilson tells that story. Like Joe Sacco's animated political journalism, this book offers a unique perspective on current issues, and will be a major contribution to the considerable material already written both by and about Chomsky.
About the author:
Jeffrey Wilson is a graphic novel author and Ph.D. Candidate in Geography at the University of Arizona. His work focuses on the social determinates of health, specifically the intersection of foreclosures and health in Detroit, Michigan. He received a Master's in Anthropology from Columbia University where his worked explored the ways ethnography could be written in graphic novel form. Subsequently he has published one of the first graphic novel interviews to appear in a peer-reviewed journal. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Eliseu Gouveia is a Portuguese author and illustrator whose work range from Moonstone Books' The Phantom and Vengeance of The Mummy to covers of Brian Pulido's Lady Death to Marvel Comics sketchcards and many comic titles by independent publishers.
Number of Pages: 112
Publication Date: 20180618
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE US
Product Form: Paperback / softback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 256 mm168 mm10 mm
Weight: 214 gr
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