• Social Science

Immigrant Protest

Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent
Author: Katarzyna Marciniak,Imogen Tyler
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438453116
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 5277
Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples. The last decade has witnessed a global explosion of immigrant protests, political mobilizations by irregular migrants and pro-migrant activists. This volume considers the implications of these struggles for critical understandings of citizenship and borders. Scholars, visual and performance artists, and activists explore the ways in which political activism, art, and popular culture can work to challenge the multiple forms of discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples. They focus on a wide range of topics, including desire and neo-colonial violence in film, visibility and representation, pedagogical function of protest, and the role of the arts and artists in the explosion of political protests that challenge the precarious nature of migrant life in the Global North. They also examine shifting practices of boundary making and boundary taking, changing meanings and lived experiences of citizenship, arguing for a noborder politics enacted through a “noborder scholarship.”

    • Social Science

Aesthetics and World Politics


Author: R. Bleiker
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230244378
Category: Social Science
Page: 271
View: 1160
This book presents one of the first systematic assessments of aesthetic insights into world politics. It examines the nature of aesthetic approaches and outlines how they differ from traditional analysis of politics. The book explores the potential and limits of aesthetics through a series of case studies on language and poetics.

    • Social Science

Revolting Subjects

Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
Author: Doctor Imogen Tyler
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848138547
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
View: 4183
Revolting Subjects is a groundbreaking account of social abjection in contemporary Britain, exploring how particular groups of people are figured as revolting and how they in turn revolt against their abject subjectification. The book utilizes a number of high-profile and in-depth case studies - including 'chavs', asylum seekers, Gypsies and Travellers, and the 2011 London riots - to examine the ways in which individuals negotiate restrictive neoliberal ideologies of selfhood. In doing so, Tyler argues for a deeper psychosocial understanding of the role of representational forms in producing marginality, social exclusion and injustice, whilst also detailing how stigmatization and scapegoating are resisted through a variety of aesthetic and political strategies. Imaginative and original, Revolting Subjects introduces a range of new insights into neoliberal societies, and will be essential reading for those concerned about widening inequalities, growing social unrest and social justice in the wider global context.

    • Art

Imaginal Machines

Autonomy & Self-organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life
Author: Stevphen Shukaitis
Publisher: Autonomedia
ISBN: 9781570272080
Category: Art
Page: 255
View: 7479
Drawing from autonomist politics, class composition analysis and avant-garde arts, Imaginal Machines explores the emergence, functioning and constant breakdown of the embodied forms of racial imagination.

    • Political Science

Contemporary Anarchist Studies

An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy
Author: Randall Amster,Abraham DeLeon,Luis Fernandez,Anthony J. Nocella, II,Deric Shannon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134026439
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 8585
This volume of collected essays by some of the most prominent academics studying anarchism bridges the gap between anarchist activism on the streets and anarchist theory in the academy. Focusing on anarchist theory, pedagogy, methodologies, praxis, and the future, this edition will strike a chord for anyone interested in radical social change. This interdisciplinary work highlights connections between anarchism and other perspectives such as feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, disability studies, post-modernism and post-structuralism, animal liberation, and environmental justice. Featuring original articles, this volume brings together a wide variety of anarchist voices whilst stressing anarchism's tradition of dissent. This book is a must buy for the critical teacher, student, and activist interested in the state of the art of anarchism studies.

    • Social Science

Everyday Life and Cultural Theory

An Introduction
Author: Ben Highmore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113459559X
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
View: 8525
Everyday Life and Cultural Theory provides a unique critical and historical introduction to theories of everyday life. Ben Highmore traces the development of conceptions of everyday life, from the cultural sociology of Georg Simmel, through the Mass-Observation project of the 1930s to contemporary theorists such as Michel de Certeau.

    • Social Science

Cyber-Proletariat

Global Labour in the Digital Vortex
Author: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Publisher: Between the Lines
ISBN: 1771132221
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 3575
The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. Dyer-Witheford investigates how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers. He reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements.

    • Political Science

Constituent Imagination

Militant Investigations//collective Theorization
Author: Stevphen Shukaitis,David Graeber,Erika Biddle
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 9781904859352
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 4542
From the ivory tower to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance.

    • Art

Artpolitik

Social Anarchist Aesthetics in an Age of Fragmentation
Author: Neala Schleuning
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781570272486
Category: Art
Page: 321
View: 7141
Literary Nonfiction. Politics. Art History. ARTPOLITIK examines the relationship between art and politics, focusing on radical political aesthetics in western culture since the end of the nineteenth century. Drawing from Surrealism, Socialist Realism, the Situationist International, capitalist consumer aesthetics, and critical theory, Neala Schleuning elaborates a social anarchist approach to aesthetics. ARTPOLITIK is not a history of radical art production but an exploration of the core ideas inspiring radical art. This provocative book is guaranteed to both challenge and inform, reframing radical aesthetics for the challenges of the present. It features an exploration of ideas and techniques employed by artists for more effective communication of radical political ideas. Art has played a central role in revolutionary change throughout history, and our own times call for a revitalization of art in the service of liberatory politics. This book is an effort to understand how new ideas seeking to position themselves vis a vis the aesthetic tradition while simultaneously reflecting the transformation of political and social movement cultures in new directions. "ARTPOLITIK can be the basis of fruitful discussions among artists and activists alike about the role, character and communicative value of art in our struggle for a better world. Each period of artistic expression she analyzes, and specifically those that were consciously political, prod us to think about and rethink today's art through these lenses."—Wayne Nealis

    • Education

The Subversion of Politics

European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life
Author: George N. Katsiaficas
Publisher: A K PressDistribution
ISBN: 1904859534
Category: Education
Page: 299
View: 1387
Since the modern anti-globalisation movement kicked off with the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, a new generation has been engaging in anti-capitalist direct action. Its aims, politics, lifestyles and tactics grow directly out of the autonomous social movements that emerged in Europe from the 1970s through to the mid-1990s. The Subversion of Politics fills in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt - Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament, punk rockers and street fighters in sympathetic light.

    • Social Science

Social Movements

An Introduction
Author: Donatella della Porta,Mario Diani
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405148217
Category: Social Science
Page: 360
View: 7739
Social Movements is a comprehensive introduction and critical analysis of collective action in society today. In this new edition, the authors have updated all chapters with the most recent scientific literature, expanded on topics such as individual motivations, new media, public policies, and governance. Draws on research and empirical work across the social sciences to address the key questions in this international field. New edition expands on topics such as individual motivations, new media, public policies, and governance. Has been redesigned in a more user-friendly format.

    • Music

Improvisation and Social Aesthetics


Author: Georgina Born,Eric Lewis,Will Straw
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822374013
Category: Music
Page: 360
View: 9927
Addressing a wide range of improvised art and music forms—from jazz and cinema to dance and literature—this volume's contributors locate improvisation as a key site of mediation between the social and the aesthetic. As a catalyst for social experiment and political practice, improvisation aids in the creation, contestation, and codification of social realities and identities. Among other topics, the contributors discuss the social aesthetics of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the Feminist Improvising Group, and contemporary Malian music, as well as the virtual sociality of interactive computer music, the significance of "uncreative" improvisation, responses to French New Wave cinema, and the work of figures ranging from bell hooks and Billy Strayhorn to Kenneth Goldsmith. Across its diverse chapters, Improvisation and Social Aesthetics argues that ensemble improvisation is not inherently egalitarian or emancipatory, but offers a potential site for the cultivation of new forms of social relations. It sets out a new conceptualization of the aesthetic as immanently social and political, proposing a new paradigm of improvisation studies that will have reverberations throughout the humanities. Contributors. Lisa Barg, Georgina Born, David Brackett, Nicholas Cook, Marion Froger, Susan Kozel, Eric Lewis, George E. Lewis, Ingrid Monson, Tracey Nicholls, Winfried Siemerling, Will Straw, Zoë Svendsen, Darren Wershler

    • Architecture

Henri Lefebvre

A Critical Introduction
Author: Andrew Merrifield
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135435030
Category: Architecture
Page: 240
View: 6231
Philosopher, sociologist and urban theorist, Henri Lefebvre is one of the great social theorists of the twentieth century. This accessible and innovative introduction to the work of Lefebvre combines biography and theory in a critical assessment of the dynamics of Lefebvre's character, thought, and times. Exploring key Lefebvrian concepts, Andy Merrifield demonstrates the evolution of Lefebvre's philosophy, while stressing the way his long and adventurous life of ideas and political engagement live on as an enduring and inspiring interrelated whole.

    • Social Science

Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements


Author: Nicole Doerr,Alice Mattoni,Simon Teune
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1781906351
Category: Social Science
Page: 212
View: 3154
This special issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change highlights the importance of visuals in the current study of social movements. It is indispensable reading as it introduces new analytical concepts and methodological frameworks for understanding visuals in social movements; combining cultural and political analysis in a fresh, unique and interdisciplinary way. The articles featured in this special issue examine visual expressions of social movements through case studies from across the globe; including: injustice symbols in the Egyptian uprising; contested images from anti-surveillance protests in Germany; gendered visualization of local activism; commemorative videos of activists in recent European protests; and images used in Australian movements against abortion. In the open section of the volume articles examine the work of renowned political science scholar Charles Tilly, and discuss classic concepts in social movement studies. Firstly, considering the concept of repertoire of contention in order to understand the use of distinct contentious performances in Latin America. Secondly, analyzing the role of storytelling in the construction of trust and blame in social movements.

    • Philosophy

The Squatters' Movement in Europe

Everyday Commons and Autonomy as Alternatives to Capitalism
Author: . Squatting Europe Kollective,Claudio Cattaneo,Miguel A. Martínez López
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745333953
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
View: 7206
The Squatters' Movement in Europe is the first definitive guide to squatting as an alternative to capitalism. It offers a unique insider's view on the movement – its ideals, actions and ways of life. At a time of growing crisis in Europe of high unemployment, dwindling social housing and declining living standards squatting has become an increasingly popular option. The book is written by an activist-scholar collective, of which all members have direct experience of squatting and many are still squatters today. There are contributions from Holland, Spain, the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. In an age of austerity and precarity this book contributes with in-depth reflections and practical examples of what has been achieved by this resilient social movement, which holds lessons for policy makers, activists and academics alike.

    • Political Science

Anarchy alive!

anti-authoritarian politics from practice to theory
Author: Uri Gordon
Publisher: Pluto Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 183
View: 2903
Overview of anarchism today -- what it means in theory and in practice.

    • Political Science

The City Is Ours

Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present
Author: Bart van der Steen
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1604866837
Category: Political Science
Page: 313
View: 5475
Squatters and autonomous movements have been at the forefront of radical politics in Europe for nearly a half-century—from struggles against urban renewal and gentrification, to large-scale peace and environmental campaigns, to spearheading the antiausterity protests sweeping the continent. Through an examination of the local history of these movements in eight different cities—including Amsterdam, Berlin, and other famous centers of autonomous insurgence, along with underdocumented cities such as Poznan and Athens—The City Is Ours paints a broad and complex picture of Europe’s squatting and autonomous movements. Each chapter focuses on one city and provides a clear chronological narrative and analysis accompanied by photographs and illustrations. The sections center on the most important events and developments in the history of these movements, identifying the specificities of the local movements and dealing with issues such as the relation between politics and subculture, generational shifts, the role of confrontation and violence, and changes in political tactics. The contributors are all politically engaged authors who combine academic scrutiny with accessible writing, providing a clear and engaging view of important contemporary social movements.

    • Political Science

Cyberactivism

Online Activism in Theory and Practice
Author: MARTHA MCCAUGHEY,Michael D. Ayers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135381550
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
View: 6446
Cyberactivism is a timely collection of essays examining the growing importance of online activism. The contributors show how online activists have not only incorporated recent technology as a tool for change, but also how they have changed the meaning of activism, what community means, and how they conceive of collective identity and democratic change. Topics addressed range from the Zapatista movement's use of the web to promote their cause globally to the establishment of alternative media sources like indymedia.org to the direct action of "hacktivists" who disrupt commercial computer networks. Cyberactivism is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the impact of the Internet on politics today.

    • Political Science

Forced Passages

Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals And the U.S. Prison Regime
Author: Dylan Rodr Ưguez
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452907331
Category: Political Science
Page: 322
View: 6453
With the US having the highest incarceration rate in the world, prisons have become sites of radical political discourse and resistance. Dylan Rodriguez examines the work of a number of imprisoned intellectuals, such as Angela Davis and Leonard Peltier, and looks at how imprisonment has shaped their writing.

    • Performing Arts

Holocaust Film

The Political Aesthetics of Ideology
Author: Terri Ginsberg
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443806803
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 225
View: 4798
This timely new monograph takes as its starting point the provocative contention that Holocaust film scholarship has been marginalized academically despite the crucial role Holocaust film has played in fostering international awareness of the Nazi genocide and scholarly understandings of cinematic power. The book suggests political and economic motivations for this seeming paradox, the ideological parameters of which are evident in debates and controversies over Holocaust films themselves, and around Holocaust culture in general. Lending particular attention to four exemplary Holocaust “art” films (Korczak [Poland, 1990], The Quarrel [Canada, 1990], Entre Nous [France, 1983], and Balagan [Germany, 1994]), this book breaks disciplinary ground by drawing critical connections between public and scholarly debates over Holocaust representation, and the often sophisticated cinematic structures lending aesthetic shape to them in today’s global arena.