Keywords For Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary Of Late-capitalist Struggle

May 13, 2016|
Keywords For Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary Of Late-capitalist Struggle by Kelly Fritsch
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"An extraordinary volume that provides nothing less than a detailed cognitive mapping of the terrain for everyone who wants to engage in radical politics."—Slavoj Žižek, author ofLiving in the End Times

Keywords for Radicals recognizes that language is both a weapon and terrain of struggle, and that all of us committed to changing our social and material reality, to making a world justice-rich and oppression-free, cannot drop words such as ‘democracy,’ ‘occupation,’ ‘colonialism,’ ‘race,’ ‘sovereignty,’ or ‘love’ without a fight. —Robin D. G. Kelley, author ofFreedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"From its thought-provoking Introduction though its energizing accounts of the tensions underlying our most prized concepts,Keywords for Radicalswill be indispensable to any scholar or activist who is serious about critique and change."—Stephen Duncombe, editor ofCultural Resistance Reader

“A primer for a new era of political protest.” —Jack Halberstam, author ofFemale Masculinity

“This keywords upgrade puts powerful weapons into revolutionaries'' hands. Unexpected entries expand into new terrain.… Indispensable.” —Jodi Dean, author ofThe Communist Horizon

InKeywords(1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that reflected the vast social transformations of the post-war period. He revealed how these transformations could be grasped by investigating changes in word usage and meaning.Keywords for Radicals—part homage, part development—asks: What vocabulary might illuminate the social transformations marking our own contested present? How do these words define the imaginary of today''s radical left?

With insights from dozens of scholars and troublemakers,Keywords for Radicalsexplores the words that shape our political landscape. Each entry highlights a term''s contested variations, traces its evolving usage, and speculates about what its historical mutations can tell us. More than a glossary, this is a crucial study of the power of language and the social contradictions hidden within it.

Contributors include Patrick Bond, Silvia Federici, John Bellamy Foster, Joy James, Ilan Pappé, Justin Podur, Nina Power, Mab Segrest, and over forty others.

Kelly Fritschis a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Women''s and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
Clare O''Connoris a doctoral student in Communication at the University of Southern California.
A.K. Thompsonteaches social theory at Fordham University in New York.
Kelly Fritsch: Kelly Fritsch researches, writes, and teaches about biopolitics, disability, technoscience, feminist theory, and anti-capitalist struggles. She is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Women and Gender Studies and the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto. Her work appears inBriarpatch Magazine;Foucault Stu...
Title:Keywords For Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary Of Late-capitalist Struggle
Product dimensions:350 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 1.69 in
Shipping dimensions:350 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 1.69 in
Published:May 13, 2016
Publisher:Ak Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781849352420

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