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Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements
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 paralle – 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.
About the Author
Richard Day is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University, Kingston. He is active in food, housing, and financial co-ops, in the movement against neo-liberalism, and in defending the university as a public, accessible space for critical thought and social analysis.