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Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization

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What is the relationship of radical theory to movements for social change? In a world where more and more global struggles are refusing vanguard parties and authoritarian practices, does the idea of the detached intellectual, observing events from on high, make sense anymore? In this powerful and unabashedly militant collection, over two dozen academic authors and engaged
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by AK Press (first published February 1st 2007)
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Apr 07, 2014 V rated it liked it
Shelves: anarchism
While it's nice to see a book that looks at the relationship between anarchists and academia -- especially one that is aware of the problems and contradictions inherent in such a role -- this book didn't really grab my attention. There are some interesting essays, but overall its just kind of mediocre.
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Nov 13, 2010 Mirza Sultan-Galiev rated it did not like it
If left wing grad students and PhDs were billed for wasting reader’s time, ( ten dollars per hour, per reader would perhaps be fair), books like this would never be published.
I read it cover to cover ( parts multiple times over) and all I got from the experience was a vague sense of having been overwhelmed by pretentious verbiage, the sort of verbiage which tries to make the same old social democratic post 77’ politics of capitulation sound hip,(with a dash of Marcos thrown in for good measure)
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Sep 01, 2008 justin stepney rated it really liked it
Really good times. Some chapters I'll say was more interesting than other chapters. But then again that was part of the beauty, being that each chapter a different essay and approach by a different author. While ago I read it, very good times.
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Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (Autonomedia, 2009) and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence ...more
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