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Author Taylor, Dylan.

Title Social movements and democracy in the 21st century / Dylan Taylor.

Published Cham : Springer International Publishing, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (293 pages)
Series Springer Social Sciences 2017 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Tables; 1: Introduction: Confronting the€Crisis of€Democracy; The Crisis of€Democracy and€the€Rise of€Neoliberalism; Chapter Content; Note; Part I: Situating Contestation; 2: The Arc of€Contention; From the€French Revolution to€the€First International; The Paris Commune; From the€Second International to€the€Exhaustion of€the€Old Left; New Social Movements and€the€New Left; Contesting Neoliberalism; Summary; Note; 3: Rethinking Social Movements; North American Social Movement Studies; European New Social Movement Studies; The Activist Perspective.
Marxism and€the€Study of€Social Movements Summary; Notes; 4: The Dynamics of€Capital; Capital's Key Dynamics; From Keynesianism to€the€Financial Crisis of€2008; Summary; Note; 5: Reconceptualising Political Strategy; Destabilising Marxism; Multiplicity and€Effective Political Action; Populism and€Antagonism; On the€Subjective Dimension of€Revolt; Exodus; Summary; Notes; Part II: Contesting the Twenty-First Century: An Analysis of Occupy; 6: Occupy, Democracy, and€Enduring Change; Methods; Occupy's Economic Critique-The Economic Crisis Is also a€Crisis of€Democracy.
The Quest for€Democracy General Assemblies; Horizontalism; To Make Demands?; The Problem of€Endurance; Summary; Notes; 7: The Subject of€Change; Conceptualising Class; Occupy and€Class; Tensions in€the€99 Percent; Summary; Notes; 8: Locating Effective Resistance; Cyber-Optimism; Cyber-Scepticism; Occupy-Analogue or Digital?; Occupy's Spatial Dimension; Summary; Notes; Part III: Claiming the Twenty-First Century; 9: Reconceptualising Effective Action; Recovering the State; Movements and€Parties; Moving Beyond Our "1848 Moment"-Communism and€the€Communist Party; Summary.
Notes10: Conclusion: Overcoming the€Crisis of€Democracy; Bibliography; Index.
Summary This book contends that the impasse of the Left today is in part, a result of an anarchist 'common sense' among activists. The author argues that the vital dynamics of anarchism and social movements need to be combined with a reappraisal of the Communist party and state. While cynicism towards capitalism and existing political institutions is plentiful, this book argues that the Left appears mired in a reactive politics of resistance, unable to formulate programmes for substantive social change. Drawing insights from the history of the Left, political economy, contemporary critical theory and an in-depth study of Occupy, the author provides concrete suggestions as to how the Left might 'claim the twenty-first century' and realise a more equitable social order. Social Movements and Democracy in the 21st Century challenges activists and scholars to rethink social movements and political organisation, and to actively work towards enduring social change. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of social movement studies, Left theory, critical theory, political sociology and Marxism, as well as anyone with an interest in 'political change'.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Occupy movement.
Social justice.
Social movements -- 21st century.
Protest movements -- 21st century.
Socialism -- 21st century.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319396842 (electronic bk.)
3319396846 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-39684-2