Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn's Legacies and the Future of Activism

Overview

Agitation with a Smile offers a reappraisal of Howard Zinn’s political thought and situates his efforts in a contemporary context, looking toward the nature of activism and dissent in the future. This is the first book to provide a substantive account and assessment of Zinn’s philosophy and approach to collective action and, to a larger extent, democracy.

The contributors to this book explore the most effective mechanisms by which to arouse public support for seemingly radical ...

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Overview

Agitation with a Smile offers a reappraisal of Howard Zinn’s political thought and situates his efforts in a contemporary context, looking toward the nature of activism and dissent in the future. This is the first book to provide a substantive account and assessment of Zinn’s philosophy and approach to collective action and, to a larger extent, democracy.

The contributors to this book explore the most effective mechanisms by which to arouse public support for seemingly radical positions and how current technological advancements may alter our perception of Zinn’s activism. The book is a valuable guide to a new generation of activists and scholars of politics in gauging the lasting relevance and legacy of Zinn’s ideals, concepts, and methodology.

The text is neither fawning nor unduly critical, unlike many discussions of Zinn in popular culture. Rather, the contributors to this book engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Zinn’s work and subject them to a twenty-first century assessment. This is a multi-disciplinary and international approach to Howard Zinn’s intellectual and activist canon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612051826
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,345,854
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bird is a professor of political science at Clarkson University, where he focuses on energy and environmental policy, with a concern for social justice.

Adam Silver is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College. He specializes in American political institutions, political parties and organizations, campaign strategies, and electoral politics, social movements, and state and local politics.

Joshua C. Yesnowitz has been a Lecturer in American politics and research methods at Boston University, Suffolk University, and Simmons College. He writes about American political and intellectual development with a focus on higher education, social movements, minority politics, and youth political socialization.

Contributors: Frances Fox Piven, Noam Chomsky, Martín Espada, Irene Gendzier, Ambre Ivol, Paul Buhle, Paul Reynolds, Eric Boehme, Žiga Vodovnik, Christopher C. Robinson, Alix Olson, Patricia Moynagh, Ross Caputi, Edward P. Morgan, Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

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