Bastards of Utopia

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 more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w illus.
  • 0253015863
  • 9780253015860
  • 1,175,045

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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 "For those seeking evidence of twenty-first century experiments in both constructive rebellion and 'concrete utopia,' Razsa and Velez's documentary will prove a seminal film." -Richard Porton, from Cineaste review of the companion film, reviewing a previous edition or volume "Dramatic proof that the struggle for liberty is irrepressible." -Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, on the companion film, reviewing a previous edition or volume "[E]xplores the possibilities, limits, and most importantly lived experience of radical activism after the fall of Yugoslav socialism... [C]ouldn't be more timely for scholars and undergraduate and graduate students interested in progressive politics, social movements, youth, and anti-corporate globalization activism." -Jessica Greenberg, author of After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia "[A] sophisticated analysis.... [T]akes the reader deep into the world of radical politics in a globalized postsocialist context." -Marianne Maeckelberg, author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy "An innovative narrative ethnography of postsocialism, radical activism, and the alterglobalization/Occupy movements.... [G]reatly expands the scope and purview of our knowledge of alterglobalization activism, most accounts of which focus on North America and Western Europe... [W]ritten in a clear and compelling style that brings the reader into the thick of the action." -Jeffrey Juris, author of Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization "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 Weeklyshow more

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

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

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