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Self-Determination Struggles
Thomas Jeffrey Miley

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Self-Determination Struggles:  In Pursuit of the Democratic Confederalist Ideal

Thomas Jeffrey Miley


"Thomas Jeffrey Miley is one of the most exciting radical thinkers writing about the principle of self-determination today... With great clarity and erudition, Miley helps us rethink the problem of self-determination for our crisis-ridden times. An important work by a remarkable scholar-activist, this book will stand as a key contribution to both academic scholarship and popular struggles."

– Jerome Roos, LSE Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and the founding editor of ROAR.


A thorough contemporary discussion of the meaning and theory of self-determination.

Self-determination is a concept as indispensable as it is contentious. This volume examines the theory and meaning of self-determination today through an exploration of the work of figures such as Rosa Luxembourg, Frantz Fanon, and Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Leaving no stone unturned, Self-Determination Struggles not only includes radical political movements and thinkers, but makes them the core of its investigations, presenting them in granular, revealing detail rare to find elsewhere.

Thomas Jeffrey Miley is a lecturer of political sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Self-Determination and the Nation
    • Chapter 1: The Nation as Hegemonic Project
    • Chapter 2: Nationalist Ideology and the State - Co-authored with Dr. Enric Martínez-Herrera
    • Chapter 3: Towards a New Internationalism
    • Chapter 4: Rosa Luxemburg’s Living Legacy
    • Chapter 5: 1917 on the Brain
    • Chapter 6: Anticolonial, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Critiques and Creative Appropriations of Self-Determination: From Fanon to Öcalan
  • Part Two: Self-Determination and Democracy
    • Chapter 7: Representative Democracy and the Democratic Confederal Project: Reflections on the Transformation of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey - Co-authored with Luqman Guldive
    • Chapter 8: Reflections on Revolution, the Spiral of Violence, and the Legitimacy of Self-Defense
    • Chapter 9: Revolutionary Consciousness beyond Militant Secularism
    • Chapter 10: Murray Bookchin and Democratic Theory

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