This title was first published in 2001. An investigation of the new wave of militant political activity emerging across Europe. The book examines the role of emotions in militant activity, the way in which the body is implicated in militant political actions, and the concept of media modernity as a precondition for the contemporary politics of militancy.
’An exemplary combination of an in-depth case research and a broad survey of the ways and means of contemporary politics: highly instructive for the field researchers and the analysts of the present day political institutions and procedures alike.’ Zygmunt Bauman, Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds, UK '…the content of the research is engaging. Interviews and internet chats are used effectively to convey the nature of debates within groups and to relate stories of particular actions. The case studies and accounts of actions are often also deeply affecting…' Anarchist Studies
Contents: Introduction; The action spaces of militancy; Actions speak louder than words: Durkheim and the Magical Moment; The militant body and political communication: the medialization of violence; The militant politics of secrecy; Political militancy in media modernity; Bibliography.
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