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Anticapitalism and Culture
Radical Theory and Popular Politics

ISBN 9781845202309
Published September 1, 2008 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

What does 'anticapitalism' really mean for the politics and culture of the twenty-first century?Anticapitalism is an idea which, despite going global, remains rooted in the local, persisting as a loose collection of grassroots movements and actions. Anticapitalism needs to develop a coherent and cohering philosophy, something which cultural theory and the intellectual legacy of the New Left can help to provide, notably through the work of key radical thinkers, such as Ernesto Laclau, Stuart Hall, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Judith Butler. Anticapitalism and Culture argues that there is a strong relationship between the radical tradition of cultural studies and the new political movements which try to resist corporate globalization. Indeed, the two need each other: whilst theory can shape and direct the huge diversity of anticapitalist activism, the energy and sheer political engagement of the anticapitalist movement can breathe new life into cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. A political history of cultural studies, part one: The Post-War Years 2. A political history of cultural studies, part two: The Politics of Defeat 3. Another World is Possible: The Anti-Capitalist Movement 4. (Anti)Capitalism and Culture 5. Ideas in Action: Rhizomatics, Radical Democracy, and the Power of the Multitude 6. Mapping the Territory: Prospects for Resistance in the Neoliberal Conjuncture 7. Beyond the Activist Imaginary: Nomadic Strategies for the New Partisans Conclusion - Liberating the Collective Bibliography Index

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Jeremy Gilbert is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of East London, and co-author of Discographies: Dance Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound and Cultural Capitalism: Politics After New Labour.


"This book convincingly argues that cultural studies can only reinvigorate itself by connecting its arguments on culture to the politics of the great oppositional movement of the twenty-first century, the alter-globalisation or anti-capitalist movement. Essential reading for cultural studies thinkers and anyone interested in culture and anti-capitalism. - Tim Jordan, Open University Gilbert takes us on an informative and well-signposted tour of the post-Second World War dialogue between the anticapitalist movement in popular politics and the investiture of cultural studies into interdisciplinary programmes and departments in UK universities. - Terrell Carver (Bristol University) - THE"