Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia

Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia

by Alastair Bonnett


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ISBN-13: 9780826430076
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/06/2010
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. His other books include, The Idea of the West: Culture, Politics and History, White Identities: International and Historical Perspectives, Anti-racism and Radicalism, Anti-racism and Representation.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Dilemmas of Radical Nostalgia Acknowledging Nostalgia: Four Provocations Six Windows onto Radical NostalgiaPart OneChapter One: Nostalgia and the Left: Denial, Danger and Doubt Introduction Nostalgia as the Modern Dilemma The ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists' Radical Nostalgia ‘We have lost something': The End of Utopia Nostalgia's Uncertain Return ConclusionChapter Two: Nostalgia in and against English Socialist History, 1775-1894 Introduction The Politics of Loss in English Socialist History From Poorman's Advocate to Proletarian: Thomas Spence and Radical Tradition William Morris: Nostalgia in an Age of Progress Robert Blatchford: The New Life and Old Traditions of Socialist Fellowship ConclusionPart TwoChapter Three: Worlds We Have Lost: Nostalgia in Anti-Colonialism and Postcolonialism Introduction Anti-Colonial Nostalgia: Roots Against Empire Postcolonial Nostalgias: Yearning for Resistance ConclusionChapter Four: The Melancholia of Cosmopolis Introduction Cosmopolitan Attachments Renewing resistance: Nostalgia and anti-nostalgia in British radical anti-racism Nostalgia Strikes Back: Paul Gilroy's After Empire Conclusion: Sharing LossPart ThreeChapter Five: Yearning at the Extremes: Situationist Nostalgia Introduction The Spectacle as Loss ‘Whoever Sees the Banks of the Seine Sees Our Grief': Situationist Nostalgia for Place Conclusions and New DeparturesChapter Six: The Psychogeography of Loss Introduction Purgatory and Redemption around the M25: The Radical Nostalgia of Iain Sinclair adical Re-enchantments: Magic, Preservationism andNostalgia in Revolutionary Psychogeography ConclusionConclusion: Acknowledging NostalgiaReferencesIndex

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