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Bastards of Utopia : Living Radical Politics after Socialism

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Bastards of Utopia, the companion to a feature documentary film of the same name, explores the experiences and political imagination of young radical activists in the former Yugoslavia, participants in what they call alterglobalization or "globalization from below." Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching-an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country's youth. More information on the film can be found at www.der.org/films/bastards-of-utopia.html.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w illus.
  • 0253015839
  • 9780253015839

About Maple Razsa

Maple Razsa is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. A documentary filmmaker, his work includes Bastards of Utopia (2010) and Occupation: A Film about the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In (2002; both with Pacho Velez).show more

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Bastards of Utopia makes an excellent contribution to the study of political activism and the social movements that have left an imprint on local and international politics around the world-from the antiglobalization demonstrations of the turn of the century to the so-called Color Revolutions, Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street. * American Anthropologist * The book's cast of characters proves outspoken and sometimes violent, willing to don gas masks and wield Molotov cocktails during standoffs with authorities. In this manner, Razsa brings a personal note to his academic treatment of politics, protest, transnational movements, and globalization . . . This book will prove a boon to anyone interested in understanding the diverse world of contemporary protest, as variously made manifest in the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, and Ferguson. * Publishers Weekly *show more

Table of contents

Introduction1. Grassroots Globalization in National Soil2. Uncivil Society: NGOs, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Limits of Polite Protest3. "Feeling the State on Your Own Skin": Direct Confrontation and the Production of Militant Subjects4. "Struggling For What Is Not Yet": The Right to the City in Zagreb5. The Occupy Movement: Direct Democracy and a Politics of BecomingConclusion: From Critique to Affirmationshow more