Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781783604142 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604159 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Nothing to Lose But Our Fear

Fiona Jeffries

Nothing to Lose But Our Fear

Fiona Jeffries

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241 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781783604142 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604159 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Our modern lives are saturated with fear. If it’s not the war on terror, it’s the war on the middle class. The war on drugs. The war on war. Crisis dictates the daily discourse of our news feeds, and scare-tactic headlines fill our homes and public spaces. Nothing to Lose But Our Fear delivers a long-overdue counter-blow to this rampant culture of fear fueled by increasingly alarmist news outlets.

Fiona Jeffries explores contemporary and historical manifestations of this phenomenon through a series of conversations with eminent artists, journalists, and activists, such as Marcus Rediker, Silvia Federici, and David Harvey. Their discussions go beyond scrutinizing what constitutes rational versus irrational fear and identifying how politicians and reporters manipulate human fears. They go further, to reveal how that fear antagonizes our subjectivity and how different people across the globe have resisted the political use of fear throughout history.

Introduction by Fiona Jeffries

Part I: Historicizing

1: Marcus Rediker: The Theater and Counter-Theater of Fear
2: Silvia Federici: Remembering Resistance: From the Witch-Hunts to Alter-Globalization

Part II: Theorizing

3: David Harvey: Indignant Cities
4: Nandita Sharma: Terror and Mercy at the Border
5: John Holloway: We Are the Fragility of the System

Part III: Practicing

6: Lydia Cacho: Dangerous Journalism
7: Sandra Moran: Feminist Indignation
8: Gustavo Esteva: Political Courage and the Strange Persistence of Hope
9: Wendy Mendez: Remembering the Disappeared, Revealing Hidden Histories of Resistance

Review Quotes
Nina Power, author of One-Dimensional Woman
“Multi-faceted, insightful, global: Fiona Jeffries' conversations with some of our best contemporary theorists, activists, historians (and frequently all three at once) confront fear head-on and come out fighting. In-depth conversations tackle some of the thorniest topics confronting activists and theorists today: how best to understand the state? How best to fight against it? What types of global thinking and resistance can help us to think—and act—otherwise.”
Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity
“An eloquent and urgent book. Fiona Jeffries has assembled some of our planet's most important thinkers, who help us figure out the present in order to imagine a better future.”
Peter Linebaugh, author of Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosure, and Resistance
“Here, like a family album of loved ones, is a collection from nine accomplished, active radicals whose biographical background helps introduce figures of resistance from our collective memory—the pirate, the migrant, the witch, the communard, the mother, the dispossessed, the Other—who recuperate our dignity through laughter, courage, truth, and indignation."
Joanna Bourke, author of Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives
“A stimulant for hope. Passionate, positive, and practical, it suggests new ways to change our world.”
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