Stevphen Shukaitis, David Graeber (eds.): Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (2007)
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“From the ivory tower to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance.
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 twenty essays 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, meditations on technology from the branches of a Scottish tree-sit. 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 in where right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapologetic anthology is a breath of fresh air.”
Edited with Erika Biddle
Publisher AK Press, Oakland / Edinburgh / West Virginia, 2007
ISBN 1904859356, 9781904859352
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