Cultural Resistance: A Reader

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From the Diggers seizing St. George Hill in 1649 to Hacktivists staging virtual sit-ins in the 21st century, from the retributive fantasies of Robin Hoods to those of gangsta rappers, culture has long been used as a political weapon.

This expansive and carefully crafted reader brings together many of the classic texts that help to define culture as a tool of resistance. With concise, illuminating introductions throughout, it presents a range of theoretical and historical writings that have influenced contemporary debate, and includes a number of new activist authors published here for the first time.

Cultural Resistance Reader is both an invaluable scholarly resource and a tool for political activists. But most importantly it will inspire everyday readers to resist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859846599
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Duncombe, an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of New York University, is the author of Dream and Notes from Underground, editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader, and coeditor (with Maxwell Tremblay) of White Riot.
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Table of Contents

Christopher Hill, "Levellers and True Levellers," from The World Turned Upside Down
Raymond Williams, "Culture," from Keywords
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, from The German Ideology
Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy
Antonio Gramsci, from The Prison Notebooks
Walter Benjamin, "The Author as Producer"
Mikhail Bakhtin, from Rabelais and His World
James C. Scott, from Weapons of the Weak
Robin D.G. Kelley, from Race Rebels
Adolph Reed Jr., "Why Is There No Black Political Movement"
Jean Baudrillard, "The Masses: The Implosion of the Social Media"
Hakim Bey, from TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone
Simon Reynolds, from Generation Ecstasy
"Huge Mob Tortures Negro," account of a lynching in 1920
E.J. Hobsbawm, from Primitive Rebels
Robin D.G. Kelley, "OGs in Postindustiral Los Angeles," from Race Rebels
Stuart Cosgrove, 'The Zoot-suit and Style Warfare"
Dick Hebdige, "The Meaning of Mod"
John Clarke, "The Skinheads and the Magical Recovery of Community"
Riot Grrrl, "The Riot Grrrl Is..."
Kathleen Hanna, interview in Punk Planet
Bertold Brecht, "Emphasis on Sport"
Stuart Hall, "Notes on Deconstructing 'the Popular'"
Elaine Goodale Eastman "The Ghost Dance War," from Sister to the Sioux
Mahatma Gandhi, from Hind Swaraj
C.L.R. James, from Beyond a Boundary
Lawrence Levine, "Slave Songs and Slave Consciousness"
George Lipsitz, "Immigration and Assimilation: Rai, Reggae, and Bhangramuffin," from Dangerous Crossroads
Virginia Woolf, from A Room of One's Own
Radicalesbians, "The Woman-Identified Woman"
Jean Railla, A Broom of One's Own, from Bust
Janice A. Radway, from Reading the Romance
John Fiske, "Shopping for Pleasure" from Reading the Popular
Theordor Adorno, "On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening"
Richard Hoggart, from The Uses of Literacy
Malcolm Cowley, from Exile's Return
Thomas Frank, "Why Johnny Can't Dissent"
Abbie Hoffman, from Revolution for the Hell of It
Jerry Rubin, from Do It!
Barbara Epstein, "The Politics of Prefigurative Community"
John Jordan, "The Art of Necessity: The Subversive Imagination of Anti-road Protest and Reclaim the Streets"
Jason Grote, "The God that People Who Do Not Believe in God Believe In: Taking a Bust with Reverend Billy"
Andrew Boyd, "Truth Is A Virus; Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)"
Ricardo Dominguez, 'Electronic Disturbance: An Interview"
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