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Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics

Edited By

Ruth Kinna


Uri Gordon

ISBN 9781138665422
Published May 29, 2019 by Routledge
564 Pages

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Book Description

Successive waves of global protest since 1999 have encouraged leading contemporary political theorists to argue that politics has fundamentally changed in the last twenty years, with a new type of politics gaining momentum over elite, representative institutions. The new politics is frequently described as radical, but what does radicalism mean for the conduct of politics?

Capturing the innovative practices of contemporary radicals, Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics brings together leading academics and campaigners to answer these questions and explore radicalism’s meaning to their practice. In the thirty-five chapters written for this collection, they collectively develop a picture of radicalism by investigating the intersections of activism and contemporary political theory. Across their experiences, the authors articulate radicalism’s critical politics and discuss how diverse movements support and sustain each other. Together, they provide a wide-ranging account of the tensions, overlaps and promise of radical politics, while utilising scholarly literatures on grassroots populism to present a novel analysis of the relationship between radicalism and populism.

Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics serves as a key reference for students and scholars interested in the politics and ideas of contemporary activist movements.

Table of Contents


Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

Radicalism: Situating Contemporary Movement Practices

Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

Part 1: Critiques

1. Overview

Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

1.1 Pro-Abortion Politics

Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A.

1.2 Animal Liberation

Will Boisseau

1.3 Militant Anti-Fascism

Mal Testa

1.4 Anti-militarism

Chris Rossdale

1.5 Psychiatry Activism

Bonnie Burstow

1.6 Climate Activism

Leah Temper

1.7 Eco-Defense

David Pellow

1.8 Radical Research

Rebecca Fisher

Part 2: Solidarities

2. Overview

Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

2.1 Indigenous Struggles

Pamela Palmater

2.2 Decolonisation

Maia Ramnath

2.3 Disability Politics

Liat ben-Moshe, A.J. Withers with Lydia X. Z. Brown, Loree Erickson, Rachel da Silva Gorman, Talila A. Lewis, Lateef McLeod and Mia Mingus

2.4 Migrant Solidarity

Claire English, Margherita Grazioli and Martina Martingnoni

2.5 Prisons

Claire Delisle

2.6 Safer Spaces

Ruth Deller

2.7 Welfare Activism

A. J. Withers for Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) or (LCAP)

Part 3: Repertoirs

3. Overview

Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

3.1 International Nonviolent Accompaniment

Patrick Coy

3.2 Art Activism

Mel Evans

3.3 Bicycle Politics

Aurora Trujillo

3.4 Black Block

Francis Depuis Déri

3.5 Online Activism

Jeff Shantz

3.6 Electoral Extension of Social Movements

Josep Lobera and Diego Parejo

3.7 Insurrectional Cells

Michael Loadenthal

3.8 Radical Media

Sandra Jeppesen

3.9 Publishing

Ramsay Kanaan

Part 4: Transformations

4. Overview

Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna

4.1 Anti-work

Peter Seyferth

4.2 Radical Education

Emily Charkin and Judith Suissa

4.3 Food not Bombs

Sean Parson

4.4 Urban Community Activism

Luca Lapolla

4.5 Anarchist Music

James Donaghey

4.6 Techno-Politics

Jim Thomas/ETC Group

4.7 Revolution under the Table

Lisa Trocchia-Balkits

4.8 Permaculture and Ecological Lifestyle

Bürge Abiral

4.9 'Religious' Radicalism

Alex Christoyannopoulos and Anthony Fiscella

4.10 Squatting

Bart van der Steen

4.11 Sustainable Activism

Laurence Cox

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Ruth Kinna is a professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University where she specialises in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century socialist thought and contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. Since 2007, she has been the editor of the journal Anarchist Studies. She is the co-founder of the Anarchism Research Group and co-convenes the Anarchist Studies Network. She is the author of Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition and The Government of No One.

Uri Gordon is formerly the co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network and has taught political theory at universities in Britain and Israel. He has been active in climate justice, Palestine solidarity and anti-capitalist movements in both countries. Uri is the author of Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory and the co-editor of the monograph series Contemporary Anarchist Studies. His recent publications include a conceptual genealogy of prefigurative politics and a collaborative article on co-production in social and political theory. His work has been translated into thirteen languages.


"Recommended - Upper-division undergraduates through faculty"Choice

"Required reading for radical activists, political theorists, and anyone who believes in freedom, justice, equality, and ecological survival. The Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics is the first volume to explore the relationship between radical activism and radical political theory within a range of local and transnational movements, including feminism, climate justice, migrant solidarity, on-line activism, and anti-capitalism. This innovative collection includes pieces by theorists and practitioners, and will be of interest to students, scholars, organizers, and the general public."Jeffrey S. Juris, author of Networking Futures and co-editor of Insurgent Encounters