The Political Edge

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In the wake of the astonishing popular mobilization on behalf of an underdog campaign to elect Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez mayor of San Francisco, The Political Edge analyzes emergent political energies, where they came from and where they’re going. Rarely have contemporary radicals joined forces with cultural rebels and neighborhood activists in an effort to change almost everything about the governance of a city. Cultural and political trends erupt in San Francisco, a city that thrives on dissent and ...

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Overview

In the wake of the astonishing popular mobilization on behalf of an underdog campaign to elect Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez mayor of San Francisco, The Political Edge analyzes emergent political energies, where they came from and where they’re going. Rarely have contemporary radicals joined forces with cultural rebels and neighborhood activists in an effort to change almost everything about the governance of a city. Cultural and political trends erupt in San Francisco, a city that thrives on dissent and new ideas. With wit and cogency, this book reveals the new dynamics that will reshape urban politics nationwide.

Chris Carlsson is an urban historian who has written and edited Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration, Bad Attitude: Processed World Reader and Reclaiming San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931404051
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Urban historian, founder of the magazine Processsed World, and creator of the acclaimed CD-ROM Shaping San Francisco. He was a contributing editor of Bad Attitude: Processed World Anthology (Verso), Reclaiming San Francisco (City Lights Books), and Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration(AK Press).

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Table of Contents

What is political? : introduction 7
The magic moment : euphoric community and the utopian impulse 13
Interrupting the monologue 21
One small piece of gold at a time 35
From the streets to elections 45
Into the fray 53
In the heat of the campaign 61
Vote yesterday 65
Engagement and enragement 81
On the lower frequencies 95
"130 parties in 30 days:" Matt & Indie culture 113
Furthering the divide : gay shame and the politics of resistance 131
Queerly shifting affinities 143
McFrisco 151
Put your head in it! 159
A decade of displacement 169
The race card 181
The world at my feet 187
A city for idiots 197
What does green mean? 207
San Francisco's clean little secret 213
Toward a copyright-free zone 231
Digital politics 101 239
The wave of the future 251
"Jobs" don't work! 253
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