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Subverting Politics

Autonomous Social Movements Today

An investigation of how social movements and activists can undermine structures of political power by redefining participation.
The past decade has witnessed the resurgence of autonomy-inspired movements in many countries across Europe, North America, and Latin America. From the Indignados to the Occupy Movement and Antifa, from Indigenous mobilizations at Standing Rock to Black Lives Matter, and from radical feminists to climate justice activists, the influence of the ideals and practices of autonomy seems more alive and pervasive than ever. Subverting Politics explores how autonomous social movements navigate the state despite overwhelming tides of corporate and political dominance. Featuring essays from various scholars and academics such as Jason Del Gandio, AK Thompson, Miguel A. Martínez, Émeline Fourment, Rachel Sarrasin, and others, this investigation into the rise and resurgence of social movements is extremely timely for readers seeking new political inspirations.

175 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Political Science: Political and Social Theory, Urban Politics

Sociology: Urban and Rural Sociology

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Subverting Politics with Georgy Katsiaficas: Marcos Ancelovici, Department of Sociology, UQAM
Chapter 1: The Desire for Autonomy: A Personal Narrative, of Sorts, Jason Del Gandio, Temple University
Chapter 2: The Life and Death of Autonomy: How Might Politics Be Subverted Today?, AK Thompson, Ithaca College
Chapter 3: The Autonomy of Struggles and the Self-Management of Squats: Legacies of Intertwined Movements, Miguel A. Martínez, Uppsala University
Chapter 4: So Close and Yet So Far Apart: Feminists, Autonomen and Sexual Violence Within the Radical Left in Contemporary Germany, Émeline Fourment, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Geneva
Chapter 5: Designing Collective Autonomy: Dimensions of the Anti-authoritarian Political Project in Quebec, Rachel Sarrasin, Cégep Gérald-Godin and Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
Chapter 6: Collective Autonomy in Action: from the Autonomous Social Centre to Building 7, Anna Kruzynski, Concordia University
Chapter 7: Decolonization is not an Event: Autonomy, Decolonization, and (Re)indigenization, Richard Day and Robert Lovelace, Queen’s University
Epilogue: The Subversive Power of Collective Autonomy, George Katsiaficas

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