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Book review: the radical imagination: social movement research in the age of austerity by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish

Gilbert, Paul (2014) Book review: the radical imagination: social movement research in the age of austerity by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish. LSE Review of Books (04 Sep 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

What is to be done in the face of crisis, when the very trope of crisis curtails our ability to imagine what might be possible, beyond a narrow horizon of diminished expectations? Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish confront a ‘crisis of social reproduction’ shaped by the crash of 2008 and the war on terror. They find the imagination hobbled, tethered to individualized dreams of enrichment or escape from precarity. What seems to be missing from North Atlantic social movements – and society at large – is The Radical Imagination, a process of collectively envisioning alternative futures based on analyses of the root causes of social problems. Committed social researchers are tasked with ‘opening the time for the imagination’ in the landscape of perseverance that is populated by social movements caught between success and failure, writes Paul Gilbert.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 12:56
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 02:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/74098

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