Magazine article New Internationalist

The Radical Imagination

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Radical Imagination

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The Radical Imagination by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish (Zed Books, ISBN 9781780329017

The starting point of this thoughtful book is: how to bring the fruits of social research and the passion of the researchers out of academe and into the service of social movements.

The key task, the authors say, is to help stimulate the 'radical imagination' to tackle the sexism, racism, homophobia, careerism and authoritarianism that will undermine and rob movements of their potential.

Haiven and Khasnabish bring to bear their formidable knowledge of the Leftand its historical legacy, both positive and negative. They see a 'crisis of [capitalist] reproduction' as being the Achilles heel of the contemporary system and fruitful ground for intervention to upset the apple cart of increasingly insecure daily lives and their consequent discontents. …

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