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Academic books about activism and struggles 

Hi, all! I'm interested in getting recommendations about recent books focusing on activist struggles. Particularly books that theorize what "struggle" means. I am most interested in struggles for justice, so the books are about Black, indigenous, LGBTQI2S, and anti-capitalist struggles, specifically, all the better!

What's good in this realm? Boosts appreciated.

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Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl don't have specific titles, but would suggest checking publishers such as verso books and pluto press as they routinely publish activism-related content

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@louce Good call! Thank you!

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl I think Haymarket Books publishes in this space.

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl lol ur casting a v wide net! I'd suggest the following:

Harsha Walia's book Undoing Border Imperialism has both theoretical analysis and embedded ethnographic stuff in migrant/border justice in Canada

Rethinking the American Prison Movement by Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier is important

Arrested Justice by Beth Richie talks about the feminist + anti-violence movements and the failures of VAWA

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression by Robin D G Kelley

the chapter "'Mass Incarceration' as Misnomer: Domestic War and the Narratives of Carceral Reform" in Dylan Rodríguez's book White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logics of Genocide (2020) gives a good movement-embedded analysis of the hunger strikes at Pelican Bay in 2011

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl but the absolutely, unmistakably, deeply important texts are:

- Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology

- The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl also lol Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis (though I vastly prefer Are Prisons Obsolete?)

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@jasminee These are all amazing suggestions! Thank you!

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl
What meaning of meaning do you mean?

Definition? Praxis? Experienced reality?

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@BourgouiseLiberal not sure... probably all three...

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl
the best way to get citations is to find certain political groups online presence and find citations through association.

the youtube channel "philosophytube" has a lot of citation of modern progressive literature, tho i have not read all citations.
youtube.com/c/thephilosophytub
They are considered part of "breadtube" political sphere. 1/3

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl
The series "the alt-right playbook" is also a video-series that explains the perceived tactics of right-wing groups, how they are experienced, and by inference, it explains why left-wing groups are the way they are.
These are citations:
innuendostudios.tumblr.com/pos

Then, i don't know a good source, but looking into "post-irony" or similar is important for understanding the current internet generation.
TL;DR ironically genuine. 2/3

Academic books about activism and struggles 

@robertwgehl
sometimes i feel books are just too limiting to understand the zeitgeist, they are often out of date or miss some intersting development.

So i would recommend 2019's videogame of the year "Disco Elysium" for it's (literary) critique of communism, capitalism, fascism and liberalism.

And, again, searching for people who unironically belief things.
Mastodon users is too limiting. 3/3

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