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The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life

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"A scholarly gem which is indispensable reading for anyone interested in how social change occurs, especially in the advanced industrial countries.”—Carl Boggs, National University

"This book is an important corrective to the all-too-common view that global capitalism is triumphant, that there is no basis for opposing the values it promotes.”—Barbara Epstein, University of
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by AK Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who think that radical social movements died after the 60s
Recommended to Daniel by: Andrew Dobbyn
Delving into movement theory, philosophy, and cultural criticism as well as providing a case study in autonomous politics in post-industrial Europe, Georgy Katsiaficas has written a book very important to emerging movements in the 21st century. This book will be especially helpful to those new activists who seem confused about why leftist activity seemed to disappear after 1968: it didn't. Katsiaficas excoriates the models of Marxist Leninism, criticises the New Left for self-marginalizing into ...more
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book touches on an incredible history in Europe's autonomous movements in the 70s and 80s that I knew nothing about before I read this. I'm happy there are radical scholars like Katsiaficas out there preserving these histories. I found myself having opposing responses as I went through the book, feeling inspired at times and at other times feeling like there is very little that can relate to the United States. Whether relevant to the U.S. or not though, it's worth knowing about. My only rea ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. If you want a pretty good history of the more recent autonomist movements going on in Europe (which is important to know if you're interested in US ones) then this is the book to do it.

There are some points near the end of the book, especially when he starts ranting about Negri, that can be ignored. That's barely a chapter in this book and those arguments were answered by Empire anyway. Point is, you will be angered, shocked, and inspired by the amazing movements th
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know i give a lot of books 5 stars, but this one is actually worth the read. Katsiaficas is an intellectual who doesn't slather his work with meaningless jargon, but he also doesn't run away from it either. He confronts confusion and the result is a readable insightful book about the changing nature of social movements in europe and elsewhere.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Good historian, bad theorist. That last chapter dragged on.
Kristina Lim
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this book with my reading group and finding it very very inspiring. I've never heard of most of these movements in Europe and to learn about them is giving me hope. It's also providing me with great material for this project I'm not currently working on.
Sep 14, 2008 rated it liked it
an overview of various squatter movements in Europe (mostly Germany). Not all that interesting, although towards the end there is a decent critique of Negri so I guess the last few chapters are worth reading.
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Nov 15, 2008 added it
It made me feel like we were onto somthing with the idea of collective autonomy, but far from it in practice... still on the road, contemporary history, yeah.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved the historical accounts of Germany and Italy, but theoretical parts towards the end were a bit problematic. Overall, good read, definitely.
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newdayrising
Essential reading. Period.
Mirza  Sultan-Galiev
This man actually thinks that the capacity of the capitalist state to control and coerce the masses has reduced in recent years.
Enough said.
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George Katsiaficas is currently living in Gwangju, South Korea.
A visiting professor of sociology at Chonnam National University, he is finishing research on East Asian uprisings in the 1980s and 1990s.

A Fulbright Fellow, student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist, he is the author of The Imagination of the
New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968. His book, The Subversion of Politics: European