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Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization


Manufacturer: AK Press

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From the ivory towers to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance.

What is the relationship of radical theory to movements for social change? In a world where more and more global struggles are refusing vanguard parties and authoritarian practices, does the idea of the detached intellectual, observing events from on-high, make sense any more? In this powerful and unabashedly militant collection, over two dozen academic authors and engaged intellectuals - including Antonio Negri and Colectivo Situaciones - provide some challenging answers. In the process, they redefine the nature of intellectual practice itself.

The twenty essays cover a broad range of topics that include embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatised universities; research projects in which factory workers and academics work side-by-side; revolutionary ethnographies of the Global Justice Movement and meditations on technology from the branches of a Scottish tree-sit. What links them all is a collective and expansive reimagining of engaged intellectual work in the service of social change. In a cultural climate in which right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapologetic anthology is a breath of fresh air.

Edited by Eric Biddle, David Graeber, and Stevphen Shukaitis. AK Press, 2007.

Product Code: 9781904859352

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