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The Future Is Now: An Introduction to Prefigurative Politics

Edited by Lara Monticelli

Published

Sep 1, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Alternatives to Capitalism in the 21st Century

ISBN

978-1529215656

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Alternatives to Capitalism in the 21st Century

ISBN

978-1529215670

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Future Is Now: An Introduction to Prefigurative Politics

With the rise of urban gardens, worker-owned coops, ecological communities, and occupied factories, we are witnessing the emergence of a new wave of social movements.

Bringing together an international group of scholars, this edited collection covers theory, empirical case studies and methodology to analyse the unique characteristics of these movements which differ greatly from their precedents. The contributors demonstrate what we can learn from these movements to rethink our economies and societies.

This is a comprehensive and timely resource which will illuminate how prefigurative politics can help us envision a post pandemic, fairer and more sustainable society.

Lara Monticelli is Assistant Professor and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Foreword by Arturo Escobar
Introduction by Lara Monticelli

PART I: Contextualizing Prefigurative Politics

1. Prefigurative politics within, despite and beyond contemporary capitalism - Lara Monticelli

2. Prefiguration: between anarchism and Marxism - Paul Raekstad

3. Decolonising prefiguration: Ernst Bloch’s philosophy of hope and the Multiversum - Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

4. Rethinking prefiguration: between radical imagination and imaginal politics - Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Chiara Bottici

5. Prefiguration and emancipatory critical pedagogy: the learning side of practice - Antonia De Vita and Francesco Vittori


PART II: Prefigurative Politics in Practice

6. Prefiguration and the futures of work - Ana Cecilia Dinerstein and Harry Pitts

7. Prefiguration and utopia: the Auroville experiment - Suryamayi Aswini Clarence-Smith

8. Prefiguration in everyday practices: when the mundane becomes political - Francesca Forno and Stefan Wahlen

9. Prefiguration and ecology: understanding the ontological politics of ecotopian movements - Laura Centemeri and Viviana Asara

10. The spatial politics of prefiguration: the case of Christiania Freetown in Copenhagen - Jilly Traganou

11. Prefiguring post-patriarchal futures: Jineolojî’s matristic praxis in the context of Rojava’s revolution - Eleonora Gea Piccardi


PART III: Doing Research on Prefigurative Politics

12. The concept of prefigurative politics in studies of social movements: progress and caveats - Luke Yates and Joost de Moor

13. Organising prefiguration - Mikko Laamanen

14. Process-time and event-time: the multiple temporalities of prefiguration - Marianne Maeckelbergh

15. Five challenges for prefiguration research: a sympathetic polemic - Erik Mygind du Plessis and Emil Husted

 

Afterword by Davina Cooper