Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her lifetime she was a vigorous public intellectual within a global network of progressive politics. Engaging Goldman as a political thinker allows us to rethink the common dualism between theory and practice, scrutinize stereotypes of anarchism by placing Goldman within a fuller historical context, recognize the remarkable contributions of anarchism in creating public life, and open up contemporary politics to the possibilities of transformative feminism.
Kathy E. Ferguson is professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous Anarchist in America Chapter 2: Anarchist Spaces Chapter 3: The Anarchist Apprentice Chapter 4: Gender and Genre Chapter 5: How Could She Miss Race? Chapter 6: Emma Goldman's Women Chapter 7: Political Thinking in the Streets Bibliography