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Prefigurative Politics: Building Tomorrow Today





Prefigurative Politics: Building Tomorrow Today

Paul Raekstad, Sofa Saio Gradin

ISBN: 978-1-509-53591-0 January 2020 Polity 180 Pages



Many of us wonder what we could possibly do to end oppression, exploitation, and injustice. People have studied revolutions and protest movements for centuries, but few have focused on prefigurative politics, the idea of 'building the new society within the shell of the old'.

Fed up with capitalism? Get organised and build the institutions of the future in radical unions and local communities. Tired of politicians stalling on climate change? Take matters into your own hands and set up an alternative energy collective. Ready to smash racism and the patriarchy? Root them out in all areas of our lives, not just in 'high politics'.

This is the first book dedicated to prefigurative politics. It explains the history of this concept and looks at the various dilemmas and debates surrounding it. How can collective decision-making be inclusive? In what ways are movements intersectional? Can prefigurative organisations scale up? Linking these issues into current debates about state power and identity politics, this is a book not just about understanding the world, but about how to change it. It is a must-read both for students of radical politics, anarchism and social movements, as well as activists and concerned people everywhere.


Chapter 1  Introduction

Chapter 2  What Prefigurative Politics Is and Is Not

Chapter 3  Praxis and Social Change

Chapter 4  Decision-Making in Large-Scale Organisations

Chapter 5  The Personal is Political

Chapter 6  Prefigurative Politics and the State

Chapter 7  Radical Prefigurativism, Not Liberal Individualism

Chapter 8  Conclusion: Now. Here. You.