By Sarah Maddison
Peace marches, protest demonstrations and campaigns for or opposed to each reason that you can imagine have lengthy been a part of the Australian social and political panorama. This energetic ebook blends the voices and studies of insiders eager about specific explanations with a much bigger photo that analyses successes and screw ups, verbal exchange of rules and social and political affects.
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Somewhere along the way, this has been lost. Abstruse theories are now disconnected from practical struggle. They answer academic opponents, not comrades in the field. The impressive intellectual edifice developed over the last 40 years has led away from the passion and tumult of the streets. The tenured radicals of the contemporary academy largely ignore tactical questions. They translate practical concerns into theoretical conundrums (Meyer 1999: 91). There are grants to win and papers to publish; theoretical accounts to fill out; vain enemies to puncture.
In Nanterre, they rebutted Touraine (Cohn-Bendit et al. 1969). The academic body and the student body shared a political conversation. Change seemed more immediate and complete. Young revolutionaries went further; old workers were roused onto the streets. Measured accounts of ‘resource mobilisation’ and cost-benefit analyses could not have been more out of place. Marxism was like a faded champion: alive and fighting, but on the decline. New theories still needed to challenge it. Persuasive thinkers were ( 30 ) Part One: Theory and knowledge required to show an equivalent philosophical range and omniscient sweep.
Social movements in the United States have been described as ‘non-ideological’ (Eyerman & Jamison 1991: 36). They often adopted a language of ‘the people’ and ‘the special interests’, and sometimes tended to anti-intellectualism (Hofstadter 1964). The Constitution was sacrosanct, the courts were respected, and the republic was safe. The word ‘revolution’ was seldom heard. American sociologists worked in a prestigious and wellresourced enterprise. The American Journal of Sociology was first published in 1895, and an American Sociological Association was founded 10 years later.
Activist Wisdom: Practical Knowledge And Creative Tension in Social Movements by Sarah Maddison