Radical Relevance: Toward a Scholarship of the Whole Left

Radical Relevance: Toward a Scholarship of the Whole Left

by Laura Gray-Rosendale

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Radical Relevance: Toward a Scholarship of the Whole Left by Laura Gray-Rosendale

In an effort to rethink the left, this interdisciplinary collection weaves together some of today's most powerful voices in contemporary left critical thought as they examine the fragmentation of American movements for social change, evaluate what critical scholarship might contribute to the task of renewing (or creating) a more unified and efficacious left, and explore the left's possibly inadequate dealings with many marginalized groups. Representing a diverse range of theoretical perspectives within several "textual" disciplines, the essays assess historical, practical, or speculative models for a "whole left"-a left constituted by a broad range of complexly interwoven interests, including issues of class, environment, gender, sexuality, disability, race, and ethnicity. The book exemplifies the struggles of scholars to work toward a more shared agenda for social change.

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ISBN-13: 9780791484180
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 616 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Scholarship of the "Whole Left"vii
ILegacies of Marxism
1Black Nationalist Identity and Internationalist Class Unity: The Political and Cultural Legacy of Marxism3
2Race, Class, and Communism: The Young Ralph Ellison and the "Whole Left"31
3Toward a Political Economy of Rhetoric (or a Rhetoric of Political Economy)57
IILeft Coalitions Beyond the Triad
4The Left Side of the Circle: American Indians and Progressive Politics69
5Reconciling Red and Green85
6A Monstrous Emerge-agency: Cripping the "Whole Left"103
7What the Left Left Out124
IIIThe Academic Left, Critical Theory, and the Global Context
8Globalizing Dissent and Radicalizing Democracy: Politics, Pedagogy, and the Responsibility of Critical Intellectuals141
9Toward a Contemporary Philosophy of Praxis160
10Global/Local Labor Politics and the Promise of Service Learning183
11Between School and Work: Classroom and Class203
12Another World Is Possible213
13Feminism(s) and the Left: A Discussion with Linda Martin Alcoff238

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