The past few years have seen an unexpected resurgence of street-level protest movements around the world, from the uprisings of the Arab Spring to the rise of the anti-austerity Indignados in Spain and Greece to the global spread of the Occupy movement. This collection is designed to offer a comparative analysis of these movements, setting them in international, socio-economic, and cross-cultural perspective in order to help us understand why movements emerge, what they do, how they spread, and how they fit into both local and worldwide historical contexts. As the most significant wave of mass protests in decades continues apace, this book offers an authoritative analysis that could not be more timely.
An investigation of how social movements and activists can undermine structures of political power by redefining participation.
The past decade has witnessed the resurgence of autonomy-inspired movements in many countries across Europe, North America, and Latin America. From the Indignados to the Occupy Movement and Antifa, from Indigenous mobilizations at Standing Rock to Black Lives Matter, and from radical feminists to climate justice activists, the influence of the ideals and practices of autonomy seems more alive and pervasive than ever. Subverting Politics explores how autonomous social movements navigate the state despite overwhelming tides of corporate and political dominance. Featuring essays from various scholars and academics such as Jason Del Gandio, AK Thompson, Miguel A. Martínez, Émeline Fourment, Rachel Sarrasin, and others, this investigation into the rise and resurgence of social movements is extremely timely for readers seeking new political inspirations.