Manufacturers

Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?: Anarchy in Action around the World

Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?: Anarchy in Action around the World

Black Blocs is a comprehensive view of the tactic and locates it within the anarchist tradition of direct action and includes the most recent actions at protests around the world and the role in the Occupy movement and the Quebec student strike.

More details


£11.11

Warning: Last items in stock!

Faces masked, dressed in black, and forcefully attacking the symbols of capitalism, Black Blocs have been transformed into an anti-globalization media spectacle. But the popular image of the window-smashing thug hides a complex reality.

Francis Dupuis-Déri outlines the origin of this international phenomenon, its dynamics, and its goals, arguing that the use of violence always takes place in an ethical and strategic context.

Translated into English for the first time and completely revised and updated to include the most recent Black Bloc actions at protests in Greece, Germany, Canada, and England, and the Bloc’s role in the Occupy movement and the Quebec student strike, Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? lays out a comprehensive view of the Black Bloc tactic and locates it within the anarchist tradition of direct action.

Praise:

“A level-headed, carefully researched inquiry into a subject that reduces most pundits to foaming at the mouth.”
—CrimethInc. Writers’ Bloc

“Francis Dupuis-Déri’s discussion of Black Blocs is intimately well-informed, truly international in scope, and up-to-the-minute. He treats the complex issues surrounding the tactic with an admirable balance of sympathy and sobriety. This book is the ideal antidote to the misinformation spread by the establishment, its defenders, and its false critics.”
—Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy Alive!

“Wearing black to mask their identities, the Black Bloc fights injustice globally. Although little is known about these modern Zorros, this book critically reveals their origins and prospects. I heartily recommend it.”
—George Katsiaficas, author of The Subversion of Politics

“The richness, imaginativeness, and sheer learning of Francis Dupuis-Déri’s work is stimulating and impressive. The whole book turns on a fascinating blend of the rigorously analytical and the generously imaginative. It was high time that it should be translated into English, as this well-established anarchist classic will both delight and inform.”
—Andrej Grubacic, Professor of Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies, and coauthor of Wobblies & Zapatistas

Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? is a measured, critical, and persuasive defence of global protest actions. Against critics who dismiss these as purposeless or who treat illegalism as a distraction to the mainstream event, Dupuis-Déri highlights the effectiveness of the Black Blocs decision-making processes and the considered politics of its participants.”
—Ruth Kinna, professor of politics, history, and international relations, Loughborough University, UK, and author of Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide

About the Contributors:

Francis Dupuis-Déri is a professor of political science and a member of the Institut de recherches et d’études féministes at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has been active in anarchist-leaning collectives in Quebec, France, and the United States. He is the author of several books on social movements, feminism, and anarchism.

Lazer Lederhendler is a Canadian literary translator and academic. A four-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for French to English translation, he won the award in 2008.

Product Details:

Author: Francis Dupuis-Déri • Translated by Lazer Lederhendler
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-949-1
Published: 09/01/2014
Format: Paperback
Size: 8x6
Page count: 224
Subjects: Politics-Anarchism/Politics-Activism

Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • 2018 London Rebel History Calendar
  • Maximum Rocknroll *415 Dec 2017
2018 London Rebel History Calendar
Rebellious, subversive and campaigning anniversaries from London's...
Read more
Maximum Rocknroll *415 Dec 2017
Anti Police-Terror Project, Portland, OR’s No! To Rape Culture...
Read more
For a Libertarian Communism by Daniel Guerin
Daniel Guérin not only provides a critique of the socialist and...
Read more
Stanley's Exploits, Or, Civilising Africa by D.J. Nicole
David Nicoll was an anarchist militant, active in Sheffield and London a...
Read more
With the Poor People of the Earth
With the Poor People of the Earth: A Biography of Doctor John Creaghe of...
Read more
Divided We Beg ....... sticker
United We Bargain, Divided We Beg and IWW sticker
Read more
La Restencia es fertile ... sticker
La Restencia es fertile , resistance is fertile!
Read more
The Police are here.... sticker
The Police aren't here to protect you from dangerous sociopaths .......
Read more
Anarchy means.... sticker
Anarchy means starting to create a world where we don't have cops and we...
Read more
Biocentric Anarchy
This zine was written in London in 2016 by a person who's considered...
Read more
Rupturing the Dialectic by Harry Cleaver
Rupturing the Dialectic The Struggle against Work, Money, and...
Read more
Guerrillas of Desire by Kevin Van Meter
Guerrillas of Desire Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make...
Read more
Knights Errant of Anarchy
Knights Errant of Anarchy London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora...
Read more
Against the Couple Form / They Who Marry Do Ill
Two articles, a hundred years apart, both provocative. The first, from...
Read more
From Politics to Life by Wolfi Landstreicher
Ridding Anarchy of the Leftist Millstone
Read more
God Only Knows What Devils We Are
God Only Knows What Devils We Are from the Institute for Experimental...
Read more
3 Positions Against Prison by August O'Clairre
The following is a brief but thorough statement on prisons and those who...
Read more
Nietzschemanteion Pocket Oracle
The Nietzschemanteion is a bibliomacy system. It is at once a machine of...
Read more
Spectre At The Feast by Max Hertzberg
Book 3 of the East Berlin Series.
Read more
ORGANISE! * 89 WINTER 2017
Organise! magazine issue 89 Winter 2017 “WE WANT A REVOLUTION … NOW!” 
Read more

» All new products