Beyond Resistance: The Future of Freedom

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Nova Publishers, 2007 - Equality - 177 pages
This thought-provoking book is divided into two parts, each of which contains four chapters. In Part I, titled "Rethinking Resistance", contributors assert that "resistance" continues to hold utility as both an analytic concept and mode of action in the world, and therefore demands renewed engagement. Part II contains essays that offer novel frames for addressing progressive social change that might serve to replace "resistance" entirely, and thus is entitled "Thinking Beyond".

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The Temporality of Resistance David L Crawford
No art Negative Aesthetics as Resistance to the Art of Forgetting Rainer Rumold
Explaining Consensual Domination Moving Beyond the Concept of Hegemony Christopher J Kollmeyer
From Vineyard Virago to Femme au Foyer Resisting Resistance in Rural Languedoc Winnie Lem
Thinking Beyond
There Never Was a West or Democracy Emerges from the Spaces in Between David Graeber
The Social Production of Skull Geoff Mann
In Praise of Displacement In Order to Motives and Existential Power Nigel Rapport
Free Play Transcendence as Liberation Robert Fletcher
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Page 14 - Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones.
Page 39 - The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.
Page xv - The mode of production in material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness.
Page 156 - ... double bind," which is the simultaneous individualization and totalization of modern power structures. The conclusion would be that the political, ethical, social, philosophical problem of our days is not to try to liberate the individual from the state, and from the state's institutions, but to liberate us both from the state and from the type of individualization which is linked to the state. We have to promote new forms of subjectivity through the refusal of this kind of individuality which...
Page 126 - When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough.
Page 57 - spontaneous' consent given by the great masses of the population to the general direction imposed on social life by the dominant fundamental group...
Page xii - We must cease once and for all to describe the effects of power in negative terms: it "excludes," it "represses," it "censors," it "abstracts," it "masks," it "conceals." In fact, power produces; it produces reality; it produces domains of objects and rituals of truth.
Page 132 - Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.
Page 123 - You think me the child of my circumstances: I make my circumstance. Let any thought or motive of mine be different from that they are, the difference will transform my condition and economy. I — this thought which is called I — is the mould into which the world is poured like melted wax. The mould is invisible, but the world betrays the shape of the mould. You call it the power of circumstance, but it is the power of me.
Page 124 - Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim.

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