Praxis and Politics

Knowledge Production in Social Movements

By Janet M. Conway

© 2006 – Routledge

194 pages

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About the Book

Praxis and Politics explores the knowledge arising from activist praxis and its significance for reimagining radical and democratic politics. It is based on five years of direct involvement in the Toronto-based Metro Network for Social Justice and their work in coalition building, campaign-organizing and 'economic and political literacy' work in the aftermath of the signing of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement. The book breaks new theoretical and methodological ground in social movement studies in drawing on a wide range of traditions including cultural studies, urban studies, political economy and feminism.

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Approaching social movements and their knowledges: Culture, identity, ethnography 2. Social movements and their knowledges: Feminist and Freirean perspectives on knowledge from below 3. The activist city in an era of free trade 4. Knowledge and capacity building: Popular education in the MNSJ 5. Contesting the neoliberal city: Campaign praxis in the MNSJ 6. Knowledge and the impasse in left politics: Towards a new democratic imaginary?

About the Author

Janet M. Conway teaches feminism and social movements in the politics department at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She is a long-time activist, active in women's, anti-poverty and economic justice organizations. She was a founder of the Metro Network for Social Justice, which is the subject of this book. Conway is the author of Identity, Place, Knowledge: Social Movements Contesting Globalization, Fernwood (2004).

About the Series

New Approaches in Sociology

Studies in Social Inequality, Social Change, and Social Justice

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies