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The subversion of politics : European autonomous social movements and the decolonization of everyday life /
Georgy Katsiaficas.
edition
Updated ed.
imprint
Oakland, CA : AK Press, 2006.
description
xxvi, 299 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1904859534 (pbk.), 9781904859536 (pbk.)
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imprint
Oakland, CA : AK Press, 2006.
isbn
1904859534 (pbk.)
9781904859536 (pbk.)
general note
Originally published: Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1997.
catalogue key
6204601
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-296) and index.
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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 the mid-1990s.
Long Description
"A scholarly gem which is indispensable reading for anyone interested in how social change occurs, especially in the advanced industrial countries."-Carl Boggs, National University "This book is an important corrective to the all-too-common view that global capitalism is triumphant, that there is no basis for opposing the values it promotes."-Barbara Epstein, University of California at Santa Cruz Since the modern anti-globalization 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 the mid-1990s. In fact, today's infamous "Black Blocs" are the direct descendants of the European "Autonomen." But these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood. "The Subversion of Politics" sets the record straight, filling in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt-Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters-in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself. George Katsiaficas-Fulbright fellow, former student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist-is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute ofTechnology in Boston, Massachusetts. Author or editor of more than 10 books, he is Managing Editor of the journal "New Political Science".
Main Description
"A scholarly gem which is indispensable reading for anyone interested in how social change occurs, especially in the advanced industrial countries.' - Carl Boggs, National University "This book is an important corrective to the all-too-common view that global capitalism is triumphant, that there is no basis for opposing the values it promotes.' - Barbara Epstein, University of California at Santa Cruz Since the modern anti-globalization 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 the mid-1990s. In fact, today's infamous 'Black Blocs' are the direct descendants of the European 'Autonomen.' But these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood. The Subversion of Politics sets the record straight, filling in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt - Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters - in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself. George Katsiaficas - Fulbright fellow, former student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist - is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Author or editor of more than 10 books, he is Managing Editor of the journal New Political Science .
Main Description
"A scholarly gem which is indispensable reading for anyone interested in how social change occurs, especially in the advanced industrial countries."-Carl Boggs, National University "This book is an important corrective to the all-too-common view that global capitalism is triumphant, that there is no basis for opposing the values it promotes."-Barbara Epstein, University of California at Santa Cruz Since the modern anti-globalization 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 the mid-1990s. In fact, today's infamous "Black Blocs" are the direct descendants of the European "Autonomen." But these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood. The Subversion of Politics sets the record straight, filling in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt-Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters-in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself. George Katsiaficas -Fulbright fellow, former student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist-is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Author or editor of more than 10 books, he is Managing Editor of the journal New Political Science .
Main Description
"A scholarly gem which is indispensable reading for anyone interested in how social change occurs, especially in the advanced industrial countries.”-Carl Boggs, National University "This book is an important corrective to the all-too-common view that global capitalism is triumphant, that there is no basis for opposing the values it promotes.”-Barbara Epstein, University of California at Santa Cruz Since the modern anti-globalization 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 the mid-1990s. In fact, today’s infamous “Black Blocs” are the direct descendants of the European “Autonomen.” But these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood. The Subversion of Politics sets the record straight, filling in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt-Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters-in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself. George Katsiaficas -Fulbright fellow, former student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist-is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Author or editor of more than 10 books, he is Managing Editor of the journal New Political Science .
Main Description
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 the mid-1990s. In fact, today's infamous "Black Blocs" are the direct descendants of the European "Autonomen." But these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood. The Subversion of Politics sets the record straight, filling in the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt - Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters - in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself. George Katsiaficas - Fulbright fellow, former student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist - is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Author or editor of more than 10 books, he is writing a book on the Gwangju Uprising and East Asian social movements.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
From 1968 to autonomyp. 1
The European contextp. 3
The meaning of autonomyp. 6
The autonomen : an invisible movementp. 9
Media and marginalityp. 13
Italian autonomyp. 17
Worker roots of autonomyp. 18
The women's movementp. 27
Student and youth roots of autonomyp. 36
1977 : a year of crisisp. 43
Repression and resistancep. 51
Sources of autonomous politics in Germanyp. 59
The autonomous women's movementp. 67
The antinuclear movementp. 80
Muslis and Mollis : from the new left to the punk leftp. 88
The elections in Berlinp. 97
The structure of spontaneityp. 100
European autonomous movementsp. 107
Amsterdamp. 111
Copenhagenp. 117
Hafenstrasse : international symbolp. 124
The guerrillas and the movementp. 128
The red zorasp. 132
May day 1988 : a personal notep. 135
Photosp. 139
The autonomen in unified Germanyp. 153
Neo-Nazis and the statep. 155
Autonomy and antifascismp. 165
The battle for Mainzerstrassep. 168
The contradictions of autonomyp. 174
The German problemp. 180
The (anti)politics of autonomyp. 187
Autonomy and the greensp. 196
Autonomy and the leftp. 209
In defense of the dialecticp. 217
From the fetishization of production to the production of fetishp. 220
The centrality of patriarchyp. 222
Neo-Leninist rectitudep. 224
Strategic concernsp. 226
Toward a rationality of the heartp. 228
The theory of autonomyp. 235
Late capitalism's postmodern featuresp. 238
Colonization of everyday lifep. 244
New social movements and the politics of identityp. 248
From the invisibility of the private to its rationalization : a reasonable project?p. 255
The atomized individual and the constraint of autonomyp. 257
The autonomy of theory?p. 259
Decolonization and democracyp. 263
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