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Subverting Politics
Marcos Ancelovici & Francis Dupuis-Déri, eds.

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Subverting Politics: Autonomous Social Movements Today

Marcos Ancelovici & Francis Dupuis-Déri, eds.



An investigation of how social movements and activists can undermine structures of political power by redefining participation.

The past decade has witnessed the resurgence of autonomy-inspired movements in many countries across Europe, North America, and Latin America. From the Indignados to the Occupy Movement and Antifa, from Indigenous mobilizations at Standing Rock to Black Lives Matter, and from radical feminists to climate justice activists, the influence of the ideals and practices of autonomy seem more alive and pervasive than ever. Subverting Politics explores how autonomous social movements navigate the state despite overwhelming tides of corporate and political dominance. Featuring essays from various scholars and academics such as Jason Del Gandio, AK Thompson, Miguel A. Martínez, Émeline Fourment, Rachel Sarrasin, and others, this investigation into the rise and resurgence of social movements is extremely timely for readers seeking new political inspirations.

Marcos Ancelovici is an professor of sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal. He is coeditor of Street Politics in the Age of Austerity: From Occupy to the Indignados. Francis Dupuis-Déri is a professor of political science at Université du Québec à Montréal and the author of several books, including Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World and Anarchy Explained to My Father.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Subverting Politics with Georgy Katsiaficas: Marcos Ancelovici, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Chapter 1: The Desire for Autonomy: A Personal Narrative, of Sorts, Jason Del Gandio, Temple University
  • Chapter 2: The Life and Death of Autonomy: How Might Politics Be Subverted Today?, AK Thompson
  • Chapter 3: The Autonomy of Struggles and the Self-Management of Squats: Legacies of Intertwined Movements, Miguel A. Martínez, Uppsala University
  • Chapter 4: So Close and Yet So Far Apart: Feminists, Autonomen and Sexual Violence Within the Radical Left in Contemporary Germany, Émeline Fourment, Université de Rouen, Normandie
  • Chapter 5: Designing Collective Autonomy: Dimensions of the Anti-authoritarian Political Project in Quebec, Rachel Sarrasin, Cégep Gérald-Godin and Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
  • Chapter 6: Collective Autonomy in Action: from the Autonomous Social Centre to Building 7, Anna Kruzynski, Concordia University
  • Chapter 7: Decolonization is not an Event: Autonomy, Decolonization, and (Re)indigenization, Richard Day and Robert Lovelace
  • Epilogue: The Subversive Power of Collective Autonomy, George Katsiaficas 

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