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The New Left Legacy and Continuity


Manufacturer: Black Rose Books

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The greatest contribution of the New Left of the 1960s was its determination to build a culture and politics of popular participation at every level of society. A radical conception of democracy, called participatory democracy, inspired the movements for civil rights, for world peace and human solidarity, and which evolved in the following decade into a larger movement for gender and sexual equality. It framed the social and political debate, in terms of community-centered democratic theory, that continues to guide, and inspire, well into the 21st century.

As the contributors to this anthology revisit the sixties to identify its ongoing impact on North American politics and culture, it becomes evident how this legacy has blended with, and influenced today's world-wide social movements, in particular, the anti-globalization movement, and the 'Right to the City' movement: the successes and failures of civil society organisations as they struggle for a voice at all levels of decision-making are examined, as are the new movements of the urban disenfranchised--the homeless, the alienation of youth, the elderly poor.

Apart from evoking memories of past peace and freedom struggles from those who worked on the social movements of the 1960s, this work also includes a number of essays from a rising generation of intellectuals and activists, too young to have experienced the 1960s firsthand, whose perspective enables them to offer fresh insights and analyses.

Contributors include: Dimitrios Roussopoulos, Andrea Levy, Anthony Hyde, Jacques Martin, Mark Rudd, Katherina Haris, Gregory Nevala Calvert, Natasha Kapoor, and Tom Hayden.

Published by Black Rose Books, 2007.

Product Code: 9781551642987

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