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Prefigurative Politics

Building Tomorrow Today

Raekstad, Paul / Gradin, Sofa Saio

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1. Auflage November 2019
180 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-5095-3590-3
John Wiley & Sons

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Many of us wonder what we could possibly do to end oppression, exploitation, and injustice. People have studied revolutions and protest movements for centuries, but few have focused on prefigurative politics, the idea of 'building the new society within the shell of the old'.

Fed up with capitalism? Get organised and build the institutions of the future in radical unions and local communities. Tired of politicians stalling on climate change? Set up an alternative energy collective. Ready to smash racism and the patriarchy? Root them out in all areas of our lives, not just in 'high politics'.

This is the first book dedicated to prefigurative politics, explaining its history and examining the various debates surrounding it. How can collective decision-making be inclusive? In what ways are movements intersectional? Can prefigurative organisations scale up? It is a must-read for students of radical politics, anarchism, and social movements, as well as activists and concerned citizens everywhere.

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Many of us wonder what we could possibly do to end oppression, exploitation, and injustice. People have studied revolutions and protest movements for centuries, but few have focused on prefigurative politics, the idea of 'building the new society within the shell of the old'.

Fed up with capitalism? Get organised and build the institutions of the future in radical unions and local communities. Tired of politicians stalling on climate change? Set up an alternative energy collective. Ready to smash racism and the patriarchy? Root them out in all areas of our lives, not just in 'high politics'.

This is the first book dedicated to prefigurative politics, explaining its history and examining the various debates surrounding it. How can collective decision-making be inclusive? In what ways are movements intersectional? Can prefigurative organisations scale up? It is a must-read for students of radical politics, anarchism, and social movements, as well as activists and concerned citizens everywhere.

Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 What Prefigurative Politics Is and Is Not
Chapter 3 Praxis and Social Change
Chapter 4 Decision-Making in Large-Scale Organisations
Chapter 5 The Personal is Political
Chapter 6 Prefigurative Politics and the State
Chapter 7 Radical Prefigurativism, Not Liberal Individualism
Chapter 8 Conclusion: Now. Here. You.
Notes
Bibliography
'Prefigurative Politics is essential reading for anyone who is serious about building a new world in the shell of the old. Concise, clear, and powerful, Raekstad and Gradin's work illuminates histories of prefiguration and charts a course forward.'
Mark Bray, Dartmouth College, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook


'The left often struggles with an internal contradiction between (a) implementing strategies and tactics to undo its opponents, and (b) advocating for an alternative social structure. Raekstad and Gradin embrace this contradiction and consider how best to mutually reinforce both components of a broad left strategy. Here is productive strategic thinking among advocates of basic social change.'
Richard D. Wolff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Paul Raekstad lectures in Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh and is one of the creators of the YouTube channel Red Plateaus.

Sofa Saio Gradin is an organiser, writer and youth worker, and lectures in Politics at King's College London.