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The Imagination of the New Left by George Katsiaficas
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Jul 14, 2016

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bookshelves: history, marxian-theory, feminism, race
Read from May 21, 2012 to January 27, 2013

Pretty good argument for the New Left as a synthesis of theory and action that achieved genuine systemic changes and threatened a more fundamental revolution that it could not make good on. I think the overview of the New Left didn't do enough to note the key historical moments or to discuss the reasons for its failure. On the other hand, the analysis of the successes of the New Left don't quite grasp the ambiguous nature of the social changes that they wrought. To be fair Katsiaficas wrote this in the late 80s when the shape of neoliberalism was not yet well defined. In providing a good overview of the French and American social movements in this period and a criticism of technocratic social analysis (both liberal and Marxist) this book is well worth reading for this interested in the topic.
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