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The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy

Mark Purcell

ISBN: 978-1-444-34998-6 April 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 184 Pages


Arguing that the hegemony of the neoliberal/capitalist nexus must be challenged if we are to address the proliferating challenges facing our world, this inspiring book explains how democracy can revive the political fortunes of the left.
  • Explores issues central to the civil uprisings that swept the world in 2011, drawing profound connections between democracy and neoliberalism in an urban context
  • Features in-depth analysis of key political theorists such as Gramsci; Lefebvre; Rancière; Deleuze and Guattari; and Hardt and Negri
  • Advocates the reframing of democracy as a personal and collective struggle to discover the best in ourselves and others
  • Includes empirical analysis of recent instances of collective action

Acknowledgments viii

1 What Is to Be Done? 1

2 What Democracy Means 29

3 Becoming Democratic 75

4 Becoming Active 92

5 Revolutionary Connections 122

6 Conclusion 143

References 159

Index 168

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections.”  (Choice, 1 December 2013)

“. . .DDDD is a great start toward an examination of democratic possibilities. Purcell’s point is that people are finding their democratic strength in the world; people are claiming their own power with others in interesting ways. We can see these practices if we look with interest and cultivate them if we give them space. Actual practices of democratic, anarchic self-discovery are happening everywhere. When we recognize them we can (and should) give them space and help them grow.”  (Antipode , 1 October 2013)