Gramsci’s concept of hegemony casts 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?
Richard Day shows how most contemporary movements attempt to develop new forms of self-organization that can run parallel-or as alternatives-to existing forms. They follow a logic of affinity rather than hegemony.
From Hegel’s concept of recognition, through theories of hegemony and affinity, to Hardt and Negri’s reflections on Empire, Day translates academia’s theoretical and philosophical concerns to the politics of the street.
Day has decided to pick up the pen instead of the Molotov cocktail. The result is this brilliant book.
– Ann Hansen, member of the Squamish Five and author of Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerilla
|List of Figures|
|Chapter 1||Doing It Yourself: Direct Action Currents In Contemporary Radical Activism|
|Chapter 2||Tracking The Hegemony Of Hegemony: Classical Marxism And Liberalism|
|Chapter 3||Tracking The Hegemony Of Hegemony: Postmarxism And The New Social Movements|
|Chapter 4||Utopian Socialism Then...|
|Chapter 5||...and Now|
|Chapter 6||Ethics, Affinity, And The Coming Communities|
|Chapter 7||Conclusion: Utopian Socialism Again And Again|