Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle

Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle


"An awesome quantity that gives not anything under a close cognitive mapping of the terrain for everybody who desires to interact in radical politics."—Slavoj Žižek, writer of Living in spite of everything Times

Keywords for Radicals acknowledges that language is either a weapon and terrain of fight, and that every one folks dedicated to altering our social and fabric fact, to creating an international justice-rich and oppression-free, can't drop phrases corresponding to ‘democracy,’ ‘occupation,’ ‘colonialism,’ ‘race,’ ‘sovereignty,’ or ‘love’ with no struggle. —Robin D. G. Kelley, writer of Freedom goals: The Black Radical Imagination

"From its thought-provoking creation notwithstanding its energizing bills of the tensions underlying our so much prized thoughts, Keywords for Radicals will be quintessential to any student or activist who's fascinated by critique and change."—Stephen Duncombe, editor of Cultural Resistance Reader

“A primer for a brand new period of political protest.” —Jack Halberstam, writer of Female Masculinity

“This key words improve places strong guns into revolutionaries' arms. unforeseen entries extend into new terrain.… Indispensable.” —Jodi Dean, writer of The Communist Horizon

In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that mirrored the great social ameliorations of the post-war interval. He printed how those alterations can be grasped by means of investigating alterations in note utilization and which means. Keywords for Radicals—part homage, half development—asks: What vocabulary could remove darkness from the social modifications marking our personal contested current? How do those phrases outline the imaginary of ultra-modern radical left?

With insights from dozens of students and troublemakers, Keywords for Radicals explores the phrases that form our political panorama. each one access highlights a term's contested adaptations, lines its evolving utilization, and speculates approximately what its ancient mutations can let us know. greater than a thesaurus, it is a an important research of the ability of language and the social contradictions hidden inside of it.

Contributors comprise Patrick Bond, Silvia Federici, John Bellamy Foster, pleasure James, Ilan Pappé, Justin Podur, Nina energy, Mab Segrest, and over 40 others.

Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's and Gender reviews on the college of Toronto.
Clare O'Connor is a doctoral pupil in verbal exchange on the collage of Southern California.
A.K. Thompson teaches social thought at Fordham college in New York.

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