Constituent Imagination

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-07
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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 intellectuals-including Antonio Negri and Colectivo Situaciones-provide some challenging answers. In the process, they redefine the nature of intellectual practice itself. The book opens with the editors' provocative history of the academy's inherent limitations and possibilities. The essays that follow cover a broad range: embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatized universities, research projects in which factory workers and academics work side by side, revolutionary ethnographies of the global justice movement, and meditations on technology from the branches of a tree-sit in Scotland. What links them all is a collective and expansive re--imagining of engaged intellectual work in the service of social change. In a cultural climate where right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapolo-getic anthology is a breath of fresh air.

Table of Contents

Continental drift : activist research, from geopolitics to geopoeticsp. 39
Do it yourself and the movement beyond capitalismp. 44
Logic and theory of inquiry : militant praxis as subject and epistemep. 62
Something more on research militancy : footnotes on procedures and (in)decisionsp. 73
The breath of the possiblep. 94
Drifting through the knowledge machinep. 112
Autonomy, recognition, movementp. 127
Fragments on machinic intellectualsp. 137
Reinventing technology : artificial intelligence from the top of a sycamore treep. 155
Practicing militant ethnography with the movement for global resistance in Barcelonap. 164
Eating in publicp. 180
Bridging the praxis divide : from direct action to direct services and back againp. 189
The revolution will wear a sweater : knitting and global justice activismp. 209
Hard livin' : bare life, autoethnography, and the homeless bodyp. 223
Forging spaces of justicep. 242
Global uprisings : towards a politics of the artisanp. 253
Black sails in the corridor : treasonous minds and the desire for mutinyp. 263
Practicing anarchist theory : towards a participatory political philosophyp. 276
Toward an anti-authoritarian anti-racist pedagogyp. 288
No gods, no masters degreesp. 301
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