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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, and the erosion of liberal values. In reality, both sides are colluding in a reactionary, exclusionary 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 Özkırımlı reveals how the Left has been sucked into a spiral of toxic hatred and outrage-mongering, retreating from the democratic ideals of freedom, tolerance 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 successfully find a constructive and consensual way back from “woke”.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509550937
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 03/09/2023
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
File size: 291 KB

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). He is the author of the acclaimed Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction, currently in its third edition. His writings appear frequently in The Guardian, openDemocracy, Times Higher Education, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, among others. Find him online at and @UOzkirimli.

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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