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Constituent imagination: militant investigations, collective theorization

Graeber, David (2007) Constituent imagination: militant investigations, collective theorization. AK Press, Oakland, California, USA ; Edinburgh, Scotland. ISBN 9781904859352

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Abstract

From the ivory tower to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance. What is the relationship of radical theory to movements for social change? In a world where more and more global struggles are refusing vanguard parties and authoritarian practices, does the idea of the detached intellectual, observing events from on high, make sense anymore? In this powerful and unabashedly militant collection, over two dozen academic authors and engaged intellectuals—including Antonio Negri and Colectivo Situaciones—provide some challenging answers. In the process, they redefine the nature of intellectual practice itself. The twenty essays cover a broad range: embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatized universities, research projects in which factory workers and academics work side by side, revolutionary ethnographies of the Global Justice Movement, meditations on technology from the branches of a Scottish tree-sit. What links them all is a collective and expansive re-imagining of engaged intellectual work in the service of social change. In a cultural climate in where right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapologetic anthology is a breath of fresh air.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.akpress.org
Additional Information: © 2007 AK Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 14:33
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2019 00:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53219

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