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A Manifesto

Ruha Benjamin
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Imagination isn’t a luxury; it’s a vital resource and a powerful tool for our collective liberation.

A world without prisons? Ridiculous. Schools that foster the genius of every child? Impossible. A society where everyone has food, shelter, love? In your dreams. Exactly. Princeton professor Ruha Benjamin believes in the liberating power of the imagination. Deadly systems shaped by mass incarceration, ableism, digital surveillance, and eugenics emerged from the human imagination, but they have real-world impacts. To fight these systems and create a world that works for all of us, we will have to imagine things differently. As Benjamin shows, educators, artists, technologists, and more are experimenting with new ways of thinking and tackling seemingly intractable problems. Drawing from the work of these visionaries―including Black feminists, climate activists, Afrofuturists, and troublemakers of all sorts―Imagination: A Manifesto explores the possibility and practices required to imagine and create more just and habitable worlds.


Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies and the founder of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University. The author of Virtual Justice, Race After Technology, and People’s Science, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 6, 2024)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1324020970
  • ISBN-13: 9781324020974
  • Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
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