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


Manufacturer: AK Press

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Since the modern anti-globalisation movement kicked off with the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, a new generation has been engaging in anti-capitalist direct action. Its aims, politics, lifestyles and tactics grow directly out of the autonomous social movements that emerged in Europe from the 1970s through to the mid-1990s. However, today's infamous 'Black Blocs' are the direct descendants of the European 'Autonomen' - but these important historical connections are rarely noted, and never understood.

Subversion of Politics sets the record straight, filling the gaps between the momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas presents the protagonists of social revolt - Italian feminists, squatters, disarmament and anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and anti-fascist street fighters - in a compelling and sympathetic light. At the same time, he offers a work of great critical depth, drawing from these political practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy that redefines the parameters of the political itself.

George Katsiaficas. AK Press, 2006. This is an updated AK Press edition which contains a new introduction by the author.

"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 that it promotes" - Babara Epstein, University of California.

"...a unique history of autonomists in Italy, Germany and other parts of Europe from the 1970s on.....It is a good place to think and re-think the anti-party politics of the future." - George Caffentzis, Midnight Notes Collective.

Product Code: 9781904859536

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