Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements
By: Chris Dixon (author), Angela Y. Davis (foreword_author)Paperback
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Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a "new spirit of radicalism is blooming" from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, he delivers an engaging presentation of the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles. Dixon outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today's activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of "against," which fights ruling institutions, and the work of "beyond," which develops liberatory alternatives.
Chris Dixon is an activist, writer, and educator who received a PhD from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation, Anarchist Studies, Clamor, the Earth First! Journal, Left Turn, Social Movement Studies, and Upping the Anti. He has been involved in transformative social movements for more than two decades.
List of Illustrations Foreword by Angela Y. Davis Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1. Politics 1. "Fighting against amnesia": Movement Histories of Another Politics 2. "Defining ourselves in opposition": The Four "Anti's" 3. "Organizing now the way you want to see the world later": Prefigurative Politics Part 2. Strategy 4. "Do you want to have a chance at winning something?": Developing Strategy 5. "In the world but not of it": An Emerging Strategic Framework Part 3. Organizing 6. "Bringing people together to build their power": Anti-authoritarian Organizing 7. "Leadership from below": Taking Initiative and Building Capacities 8. "Vehicles for movement-building": Creating Organizations Conclusion: "Imagining ourselves outside of what we know" Resources for Movement-Building Organizations and Projects Mentioned Biographies of Interviewees Notes Bibliography Index
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