[OPE-L] Antonio Gramsci is Dead!

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Oct 20 2005 - 10:06:21 EDT

Not to be confused with Richard B. Day, the author of _The 'Crisis'
and the 'Crash'_. / In solidarity, Jerry

Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements

Richard J. F. Day

"Inspired to contribute to the symbiotic relationship between the
academic and activist worlds, Day has decided to pick up the pen
instead of the Molotov cocktail. The result is this brilliant
book." Ann Hansen

Ann was sentenced to life imprisonment for blowing up a cruise-missile
component factory, and is the author of Direct Action: The Memoirs of
an Urban Guerilla

"If revolutionary politics are to be reconstituted for the twenty-first
century, all previously existing radical traditions must not only be
remade but placed in new relationships with one another. The anarchism
of Richard Day's brilliant Gramsci is Dead is not only an explosive
break-out from the demoralizing horizons of contemporary social
democracy, but also an exuberant intellectual dance-invitation extended
to all mutant Marxists, autonomists and species-being activists eager
to catch the strains of a new tune: Red Emma would be proud."
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario
and author of Cyber-Marx (1999)

Gramsci and the concept of hegemony cast a long shadow over radical
political theory. Yet how far has this theory got us? Is it still
central to feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anarchism, and other
radical social movements today?

Unlike previous revolutionary movements, Day argues, most contemporary
radical social movements do not strive to take control of the state.
Instead, they attempt to develop new forms of self-organisation that
can run in parallel with -- or as alternatives to -- existing forms of
social, political, and economic organization. This is to say that they
follow a logic of affinity rather than one of hegemony.

This book draws together a variety of different strands in political
theory to weave together an innovative new approach to politics today.
Rigorous and wide-ranging, Day introduces and interrogates key
concepts. From Hegel's concept of recognition, through theories of
hegemony and affinity to Hardt and Negri's reflections on Empire, Day
maps academia's theoretical and philosophical concerns onto today's
politics of the street.

Ideal for all students of political theory, Day's fresh approach
combines Marxist, Anarchist and Post-structuralist theory to shed new
light on the politics and practice of contemporary social movements.

Richard Day is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University,
Kingston. In addition to his scholarly work, he is a founder of the
Critical U. community education project in Vancouver and has
participated in food, housing, and financial co-operatives. He is also
active in the anti-globalisation movement and in defending the
university as a public, accessible space for critical thought and
social analysis.

 List Of Figures



 1. Doing It Yourself: Direct Action Currents In Contemporary Radical

 2. Tracking The Hegemony Of Hegemony: Classical Marxism And Liberalism

 3. Tracking The Hegemony Of Hegemony: Postmarxism And The New Social

 4. Utopian Socialism Then .

 5. . And Now

 6. Ethics, Affinity, And The Coming Communities

 7. Conclusion: Utopian Socialism Again And Again



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