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Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism by Laura Portwood-Stacer

Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism by Laura Portwood-Stacer

Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism blends theory with empirical materials to highlight issues that are important not only to anarchists, but also to anyone struggling for social change.

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Attempts by people to enact their political beliefs in their daily lives have become commonplace in contemporary US culture, in spheres ranging from shopping habits to romantic attachments. This groundbreaking book examines how collective social movements have cultivated individual practices of "lifestyle politics" as part of their strategies of resistance, and the tensions they must navigate in doing so.

Drawing on feminism and other movements that claim that “the personal is political,” the book explores how radical anarchist activists position their own lifestyles within projects of resistance. Various lifestyle practices, from consumption to personal style to sexual relationships, are studied to address how identity and cultural practices can be used as tools of political dissent.

An accessible and provocative text, Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism blends theory with empirical materials to highlight issues that are important not only to anarchists, but also to anyone struggling for social change. This unique analysis will contribute to the development of anarchist theory and practice and will appeal to anyone interested in political activism and social movements. 

 

1. Introduction
2. The anti-consumption lifestyle: The cultural work of activist practices
3. "I'm not joining your world": Performing political dissent through spectacular self-presentation
4. "You gotta check yourself": Lifestyle as a site of identification and discipline
5. Strategic sexuality: Polyamory, queer self-identification, and consent-seeking as activist interventions
6. Bridging the chasm: The contradictions of radical lifestyle politics in neoliberal context
7. Conclusion: Learning from lifestyle anarchists 

 

Contemporary Anarchist Studies is the first peer-reviewed monograph series in anarchist studies by a major international academic publisher. The series promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times, showcasing research that exemplifies cutting edge, socially engaged scholarship, bridging theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism. All series titles are published under a Creative Commons License, which ensures that permission for non-commercial reproduction of the books will be granted by the publishers free of charge to  voluntary, campaign and community groups.

Series Editors: Laurence Davis (University College Cork), Uri Gordon (Loughborough University), Nathan Jun (Midwestern State University), Alex Prichard (University of Exeter)

International Editorial Advisory Board: Martha Ackelsberg, Smith College; John Clark, Loyola University; Jesse Cohn, Purdue University; Ronald Creagh, Universite Paul Valery; Marianne Enckell, Centre International de Recherches sur l’Anarchisme; Benjamin Franks, University of Glasgow; Judy Greenway, Independent Scholar; Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University; Todd May, Clemson University; Salvo Vaccaro, Universita di Palermo; Lucien van der Walt, Rhodes University; Charles Weigl, AK Press!

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