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Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 2

Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph Ibrahim, John Michael Roberts


198 pages

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Within many societies across the world, new social and political movements have sprung up that either challenge formal parliamentary structures of democracy and participation, or work within them and, in the process, fundamentally alter the ideological content of democratic potentials. At the same time, some parliamentary political parties have attracted a new type of ‘populist’ political rhetoric and support base.

This collection, along with its accompanying volume 2, examines the emergence of, and the connections between, these new types of left-wing democracy and participation. Through an array of examples from different countries, it explains why left-wing activism arises in new and innovative spaces in society and how this joins up with conventional left-wing politics, including parliamentary politics. It demonstrates how these new forms of politics can resonate with the real life experiences of ordinary people and thereby win support for left-wing agendas.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Joseph Ibrahim

Section 1. Communities of Resistance

2. The Making and Framing of Solidarity campaigning on asylum rights: a radical Left Social Movement in Sheffield - John Grayson

3. Community organising and Citizens UK: Can tangible social change be achieved through institution-based apolitical politics? - Louise Folkes

4. What has the left done to leftist organisations? The Impact of using Digital Media on Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists - Noha Atef

Section 2. Political Spaces of the Left

5. Historicizing the Gezi Rebellion in Turkey: Tracing Revolutionary Ideas in Action - Bora Erdagi

6. Urban activism and touristification in Southern Europe: Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon - Jorge Sequera and Jordi Nofre

7. Changes and continuity in the Left in Chile (1990-2017): Between the streets and institutions. - César Guzmán-Concha and Carlos Durán Migliardi​

Section 3: Hegemony, the State and Extra-Parliamentary Politics

8. Instituting Momentum - Maia Kirby

9. The Workers’ Party in Brazil: The achievements, challenges and tragedies of a left wing party in the global south - Rogério G. Giugliano and Jacques de Novion

10. Science, Hegemony and Action: On the Elements of Governmentality - Werner Bonefeld

About the Editors

Dr John Roberts is Divisional Lead, Sociology and Communications, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Brunel University, UK

Dr Joseph Ibrahim, is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics

The series Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics has two areas of interest. Firstly, this series aims to publish books which focus on the history of movements of the radical left. ‘Movement of the radical left’ is here interpreted in its broadest sense as encompassing those past movements for radical change which operated in the mainstream political arena as with political parties, and past movements for change which operated more outside the mainstream as with millenarian movements, anarchist groups, utopian socialist communities, and trade unions. Secondly, this series aims to publish books which focus on more contemporary expressions of radical left-wing politics. Recent years have been witness to the emergence of a multitude of new radical movements adept at getting their voices in the public sphere. From those participating in the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, community unionism, social media forums, independent media outlets, local voluntary organisations campaigning for progressive change, and so on, it seems to be the case that innovative networks of radicalism are being constructed in civil society that operate in different public forms.  

The series very much welcomes titles with a British focus, but is not limited to any particular national context or region. The series will encourage scholars who contribute to this series to draw on perspectives and insights from other disciplines.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism