Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke

Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke

by Umut Ozkirimli
Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke

Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke

by Umut Ozkirimli


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Right now, someone, somewhere is being cancelled. Off-the-cuff tweets or "harmless" office banter have the potential to wreck lives. The Left condemns the Right and the bigotry of the old elites. The Right complains about brain-dead political correctness. In reality, both sides are colluding in a reactionary politics that is as self-defeating as it is divisive. Can the Left escape this extremism and stay true to the progressive ideals it once professed?

In this provocative book, Umut Özkýrýmlý reveals how the Left has been sucked into a spiral of toxic hatred and outrage-mongering, retreating from the democratic ideals of freedom and pluralism that it purports to represent. Exploring the similarities between right-wing populism and radical identity politics, he sets out an alternative vision. It is only by focusing on our common humanity and working across differences that the Left will find a constructive and consensual way back from "woke".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509550920
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 05/30/2023
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,070,882
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Umut Özkırımlı is a senior research fellow at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals), a professor at Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, and a senior research associate at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). His writings appear in the GuardianopenDemocracyTimes Higher EducationHuffington Post, among others. Find him online at @UOzkirimli and

Table of Contents


1. A Rude Awakening

2. Identity Politics on the Right

3. Identity Politics on the Left

4. The Left Meets the Right

5. Towards a New Progressive Left

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