Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism (Contemporary Anarchist Studies)
By: Laura Portwood-Stacer (author)Paperback
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Attempts by people to enact their political beliefs in their daily lives have become commonplace in contemporary US culture, in spheres ranging from shopping habits to romantic attachments. This groundbreaking book examines how collective social movements have cultivated individual practices of "lifestyle politics" as part of their strategies of resistance, and the tensions they must navigate in doing so. Drawing on feminism and other movements that claim that "the personal is political," the book explores how radical anarchist activists position their own lifestyles within projects of resistance. Various lifestyle practices, from consumption to personal style to sexual relationships, are studied to address how identity and cultural practices can be used as tools of political dissent. An accessible and provocative text, Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism blends theory with empirical materials to highlight issues that are important not only to anarchists, but also to anyone struggling for social change. This unique analysis will contribute to the development of anarchist theory and practice and will appeal to anyone interested in political activism and social movements.
Laura Portwood-Stacer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, US. Her research on identity, consumption, and political resistance has appeared in Feminist Theory, Sexualities, Journal of Consumer Culture, and New Media & Society.
1. Introduction 2. The anti-consumption lifestyle: The cultural work of activist practices 3. "I'm not joining your world": Performing political dissent through spectacular self-presentation 4. "You gotta check yourself": Lifestyle as a site of identification and discipline 5. Strategic sexuality: Polyamory, queer self-identification, and consent-seeking as activist interventions 6. Bridging the chasm: The contradictions of radical lifestyle politics in neoliberal context 7. Conclusion: Learning from lifestyle anarchists
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