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ISBN-10: 0822360640
ISBN-13: 9780822360643
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 02/23/2016
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.50" H

Visionary Pragmatism: Radical and Ecological Democracy in Neoliberal Times

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As neoliberal capitalism destroys democracy, commonwealth, and planetary ecology, the need for radically rethinking and generating transformative responses to these catastrophes is greater than ever. Given that, Romand Coles presents an invigorating new mode of scholarship and political practice he calls “visionary pragmatism.” Coles explores the profound interrelationships among everyday micropractices of grassroots politics and pedagogy, institutional transformation, and political protest through polyfocal lenses of political and social theory, neuroscience research, complex systems theory, and narratives of his cutting-edge action research. Visionary Pragmatism offers a theory of revolutionary cooptation that, in part, selectively employs practices and strategies of the dominant order to radically alter the coordinates of power and possibility. Underscoring the potential, vitality, and power of emerging democratic practices to change the world, Visionary Pragmatism‘s simultaneous theoretical rigor and grounding in actual political and ecological practices provokes and inspires new ways of cocreating knowledge and action in dark times.

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"The extraordinary importance of this exhilarating book lies in demonstrating that, at a time when electoral democracy seems thoroughly corrupt . . ., extreme, high or abstract political theory can inspire and in turn be inspired by extreme, concrete grassroots political activism. . . . Coles has presented a remarkable theory and practice of radical democratic activism based on recent developments in brain science and dynamic systems theory and on his own experience."–Eugene W. Holland "Theory & Event" (5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM)
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ISBN-10: 0822360640
ISBN-13: 9780822360643
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 02/23/2016
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.50" H
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