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Power, Profit and Protest - Australian social movements and globalisation (Paperback): Verity Burgmann Power, Profit and Protest - Australian social movements and globalisation (Paperback)
Verity Burgmann
R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'a provocative must-read text for an engaged public, offering a distinctive Australian take on corporate globalism, and grounding this in a robust theory of social change that emphasises material power and interests, along with symbolic power and ideology'James Goodman, University of Technology SydneySocial movements transformed Western societies in the 1960s and 1970s: feminism, black rights, the peace movement and gay liberation all radically altered how we think and how we live. What has happened to social movements since then? Can demonstrations and other forms of social activism still make a difference in Australia?Verity Burgmann argues that corporate globalisation has threatened or transformed established social movements, and sparked powerful new forms of social protest. She examines the impact of globalisation and neo-liberal government policies on the feminist and indigenous rights movements, showing how they have been affected by the politics of backlash after decades of success. She explores the way in which the environment movement, too, has been affected by rising corporate political influence. She also analyses the emergence of anti-capitalist and anti-corporate activism and the profound challenges posed by this newest of social movements to the state, to society in general and to the labour movement in particular. hese important factors in a changing political landscape. This book reflects on the significant changes which has taken place since Power and Protest was published in 1993.

Irish Political Prisoners 1848-1922 - Theatres of War (Hardcover): Professor Sean McConville Irish Political Prisoners 1848-1922 - Theatres of War (Hardcover)
Professor Sean McConville
R3,754 Discovery Miles 37 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


This is the most wide-ranging study ever published of political violence and the punishment of Irish political offenders from 1848 to the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922. Those who chose violence to advance their Irish nationalist beliefs ranged from gentlemen revolutionaries to those who openly embraced terrorism or even full-scale guerilla war.
Seán McConville provides a comprehensive survey of Irish revolutionary struggle, matching chapters on punishment of offenders with descriptions and analysis of their campaigns. Government's response to political violence was determined by a number of factors, including not only the nature of the offences but also interest and support from the United States and Australia, as well as current objectives of Irish policy.

Oliver Tambo (Paperback): Hugh Macmillan Oliver Tambo (Paperback)
Hugh Macmillan
R175 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R24 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Born in Pondoland in 1917, Oliver Tambo cut his political teeth in the ANC Youth League. This book traces his role as a leader of the legal ANC through the Defiance Campaign, the Congress of the People and the Treason Trial, and his evolution from militant ‘Africanism’ towards acceptance of the idea of the ANC as open to people of different racial groups and political persuasions. The book also traces his role from the aftermath of Sharpeville in 1960 as, for 30 years, the pre-eminent leader of the ANC in exile in London, Tanzania and Zambia. It shows how, placing himself at the political centre of the organisation, he held the ANC together through great difficulties, managing its relations with African states and great powers, and steering it towards the negotiated end of apartheid. The book analyses the sources of Tambo’s strength as a leader, emphasizing his integrity and commitment to democracy, and the importance to him of religion, music and family.

Targeted - The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and... Targeted - The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again (Hardcover)
Brittany Kaiser
R583 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R101 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Radical Women's Press of the 1850's (Hardcover): Cheris Kramarae, Ann Russo The Radical Women's Press of the 1850's (Hardcover)
Cheris Kramarae, Ann Russo
R4,427 Discovery Miles 44 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


First published in 1991. The volume reprints excerpts from six radical feminist journals of this crucial decade:The Lily, the Genius of Liberty, the Pioneer and Women's Advocate, the Una, The Woman's advocate and The Sybil

The Revolution in Words (Hardcover): Cheris Kramarae, Lana F. Rakow The Revolution in Words (Hardcover)
Cheris Kramarae, Lana F. Rakow
R4,425 Discovery Miles 44 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Series Information:
Women's Source Library

Suffrage and the Pankhursts (Hardcover): Jane Marcus Suffrage and the Pankhursts (Hardcover)
Jane Marcus
R4,187 Discovery Miles 41 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Series Information:
Women's Source Library

The Non-Violent Militant (Hardcover): Ann Fitzgerald, Carol McPhee The Non-Violent Militant (Hardcover)
Ann Fitzgerald, Carol McPhee
R6,359 Discovery Miles 63 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume collects together writings of Teresa Billington-Greig, suffragette, activist and political theorist. One of the first organizers for the Women's Social and Political Union, she was a founder-member of the Women's Freedom League. She was also the first suffragette to be sent to Holloway Gaol. This volume provides insights into this exceptional woman's lifelong efforts in the women's movement.

Peasant Cooperation and Capitalist Expansion in Central Peru (Paperback): Norman Long, Bryan R. Roberts Peasant Cooperation and Capitalist Expansion in Central Peru (Paperback)
Norman Long, Bryan R. Roberts
R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book brings together the research into regional development and social change carried out in highland Peru by a team of British and Latin American social anthropologists and sociologists. The area studied-the Mantaro Valley of central Peru-is one of the most densely populated and economically differentiated of highland zones; it is also notable for its community-based forms of cooperation and its high level of peasant political activity. The book presents a series of case studies that examine cooperative forms of organization in relation to developments in the regional economy and to changes in national policy. The analysis attempts to avoid interpreting local processes merely as responses to externally initiated change. It stresses instead the need to consider the interplay of local and national forces, because local groups and processes themselves affect the pattern of regional and national development. The case studies cover a range of political and economic topics, from peasant movements to the achievements and shortcomings of government-sponsored agricultural and manufacturing cooperatives. The concluding chapter, by the editors, explores the theoretical implications of these studies.

Feminist Political Theory (Paperback, 3rd ed. 2016): Valerie Bryson Feminist Political Theory (Paperback, 3rd ed. 2016)
Valerie Bryson
R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Feminist theory is a challenging and often deeply divided body of thought that raises issues which affect us all. In this, her third edition of the highly successful Feminist Political Theory, Valerie Bryson provides both a wide-ranging history of Western feminist thought, from medieval times to the present day, and a lucid analysis of contemporary feminist politics and debates. Fully updated to cover the latest feminist scholarship throughout, this timely new edition provides an accessible and thought-provoking exploration of complex theories related to 'real-life' issues such as sexual violence, political representation, transgender rights, cyberfeminism and globalisation. With unrivalled scope, depth and accessibility, this new edition of Valerie Bryson's Feminist Political Theory is set to be the go-to text on feminism for students and researchers - or indeed anyone interested in gender justice.

Government Leaders, Military Rulers and Political Activists (Hardcover): David W.Del Testa Government Leaders, Military Rulers and Political Activists (Hardcover)
David W.Del Testa
R2,995 Discovery Miles 29 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mao Tse-tung and Genghis Khan are among the 200 well-known historical figures included in this volume. Examples of other lesser-known, yet important, individuals covered in this work are: Adolphus Gustavas, Swedish empire creator; Hatshepsut, queen of ancient Egyptian dynasty; and Jean Jaures, French socialist leader and pacifist. Each synopsis provides information on each individual's enduring impact on the common understanding of fundamental themes of human existence.

The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (Paperback): David C Rapoport, Leonard Weinberg The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (Paperback)
David C Rapoport, Leonard Weinberg
R1,115 Discovery Miles 11 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This collection brings together distinguished scholars who have come to believe that democracies have a special proclivity to stimulate political violence. Cold War preoccupations and tendencies to ignore historical experiences have obscured this characteristic, as has a naive assumption that when appropriate peaceful means for settling disputes are provided, the need and thus the likelihood for violence dissipates. But the more we know about this feature of democracy the more effective our responses will be.

Doing Labor Activism in South China - The Complicity of Uncertainty (Hardcover): Darcy Pan Doing Labor Activism in South China - The Complicity of Uncertainty (Hardcover)
Darcy Pan
R2,972 Discovery Miles 29 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How did labor NGOs come into existence in contemporary China? How do labor activists act - or not act - when the limits of state tolerance are unclear? With a focus on labor NGOs in South China and Western funding agencies, this book sets out to address these questions by investigating the dynamics of state control in post-socialist China since the 1970s, in which rapid economic and social transformations have cultivated an environment of uncertainty. Taking uncertainty as an analytical space, productive of emergent practices and discourses, this book draws on original fieldwork and interviews to study the lived experiences of different actors throughout the labor NGO community, the foreign donors trying to bring about change, and the networks of social relationships being strategically reconfigured. Doing Labor Activism in South China offers an ethnography of the Chinese state that reveals an intimate and complicit modality of self-governing, demonstrating how neoliberal ideas are at once represented by international development and deflected in grassroots development. It will be useful to students and scholars of Social Anthropology and Urban Ethnography, as well as Political Science and Chinese Studies more generally.

Maid - Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive (Paperback): Stephanie Land Maid - Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive (Paperback)
Stephanie Land; Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
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R305 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Environmental Movements - Local, National and Global (Hardcover): Christopher Rootes Environmental Movements - Local, National and Global (Hardcover)
Christopher Rootes
R3,100 Discovery Miles 31 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Environmental movements are at a crossroads. Increasingly institutionalized almost everywhere in the industrially developed societies, established environmental organizations are confronted by new radical groups and uninstitutionalized local protesters. Despite growing evidence of the universality of environmental problems and of economic and cultural globalization, the development of a truly global environmental movement is at best tentative. The dilemmas which confront environmental organizations are no less apparent at the global than at national levels. This volume is a collection of 1990s research on environmental movements in western and southern Europe, the US and the global arena.

Environmental Movements - Local, National and Global (Paperback, annotated edition): Christopher Rootes Environmental Movements - Local, National and Global (Paperback, annotated edition)
Christopher Rootes
R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Environmental movements are at a crossroads. Increasingly institutionalized almost everywhere in the industrially developed societies, established environmental organizations are confronted by new radical groups and uninstitutionalized local protesters. Despite growing evidence of the universality of environmental problems and of economic and cultural globalization, the development of a truly global environmental movement is at best tentative. The dilemmas which confront environmental organizations are no less apparent at the global than at national levels. This volume is a collection of 1990s research on environmental movements in western and southern Europe, the US and the global arena.

Our Mary - The Life of Mary Turner 1938 - 2017 (Hardcover): John Callow Our Mary - The Life of Mary Turner 1938 - 2017 (Hardcover)
John Callow
R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This biography tells the extraordinary story of Mary Turner (1938- 2017), the Brent dinner lady and trade union activist who rose to become president of the GMB union and chair of the Labour Party. Proud, fiery and determined when it came to standing up to exploitative employers, the privileged and the powerful; practical, compassionate and nurturing when it came to her members, the disadvantaged, or the victims of injustice: Mary Turner (1938-2017) was president of the GMB union for twenty years. This book tells the story of her life and, through it, charts the recent history of the British labour movement: from the People's Marches for Jobs in 1981 and 1983, through the miners' strike, to more recent struggles against cutbacks in local government, the depredations of multinational corporations, and the scourge of austerity. The book outlines Mary Turner's instrumental role in the survival of the GMB as an independent union, and its unprecedented growth in membership after 2005 . This is an essential text for those interested in trade union history and the British labour movement, and will be of interest to anyone seeking inspiration from the life of this committed activist and campaigner - a woman whose first thought and prime concern was always the happiness, security and betterment of her members and all those whom she served.

Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan (Hardcover, New): Guma Kunda Komey Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan (Hardcover, New)
Guma Kunda Komey
R1,422 Discovery Miles 14 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The conventional perspective on Sudan's recent civil war (1983-2005) - one of the longest and most complex conflicts in Africa - emphasises ethnicity as the main cause. This study, on the contrary, identifies the land factor as a root cause that is central to understanding Sudan's local conflicts and large-scale wars. Land rights are about relationships between and among persons, pertaining to different economic and ritual activities. Rights to land are intimately tied to membership in specific communities, from the family to the nation-state. Control over land in Africa has been, and still is, used as a means of defining identity and belonging, an instrument to control, and a source of, political power. Membership of these communities is contested, negotiable, and changeable over time. For national governments land is a national economic resource for public and private development, but the interests and rights of rural majorities and their sedentary or nomadic subsistence forms of life are often difficult to harmonise with land policies pursued by national governments. The state's exclusionary land policies and politics of limiting or denying communities their land rights play a crucial role in causing local conflicts that then can escalate into large-scale wars. Land issues increase the complexity of a conflict, thereby reducing the possibility of managing, resolving, or ultimately transforming it. The conflict in the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan, the regional focus in this study, is living proof of this transformation. Guma Kunda Komey is Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Juba University, Sudan.

Being Numerous - Essays on Non-Fascist Life (Paperback): Natasha Lennard Being Numerous - Essays on Non-Fascist Life (Paperback)
Natasha Lennard
R252 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R36 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Being Numerous shatters the mainstream consensus on politics, personhood, and truth, and offers in its place a bracing analysis of a perilous world and how we might live in it. Beginning with an interrogation of what it means to fight fascism, Natasha Lennard explores the limits of individual rights, the criminalization of political dissent, the myths of radical sex, and why we may choose to leave room in our lives for ghosts. At once politically committed and philosophically capacious, Being Numerous is a revaluation of the idea that "the personal is political," and goes on to ask the central question of our time-how can we live a non-fascist life?

They Didn't See Us Coming - The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties (Hardcover): Lisa Levenstein They Didn't See Us Coming - The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties (Hardcover)
Lisa Levenstein
R577 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R105 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On January 21, 2017, massive demonstrations in Washington DC and sister marches held in over 600 American cities drew crowds of over four million people. Popularly called 'The Women's March,' it became the largest single-day protest in American history. The feminism that shaped the consciousness of millions in 2017 had distinct roots in the 1990s. In They Didn't See Us Coming, historian Lisa Levenstein argues we have missed much of the past quarter century of the women's movement because the conventional wisdom is that the '90s was the moment when the movement splintered into competing factions. But by showcasing voices and stories long overlooked by popular culture and scholars, They Didn't See Us Coming shows that this decade was actually a time of intense and international coalition building. This activism centered around the growing influence of women of color, women with disabilities, women from the global South, and people of ranging gender expressions and identities. Together, they built a movement from the margins. Exclusion sparked action. Moments like the 1995 Beijing Women's Conference, whose major players included Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug and where Hillary Clinton famously declared, 'Women's rights are human rights,' were also stages for less-remembered but no less important calls to action. Wheelchair riders staged a 'crawl in' protest when a panel on disabilities was held on the third floor of a building with no elevator-a consciousness-raising moment that informed much of the work around disabilities for the remainder of the decade. Meanwhile, new tools like e-mail, listservs, and discussion boards brought people with common purpose into instant contact; activists working on campuses and in culture, like Riot Grrls and Guerilla Girls, organized in ad hoc and less visible ways, without figureheads but with clarity of purpose. All this work reveals a thriving (but changing) women's movement. A necessary and fresh understanding of a transformative period in the history of American and international feminism, They Didn't See Us Coming also offers an urgent road map for thinking about organizing today and continuing to build on the work of these extraordinary activists.

Do Something - Activism for Everyone (Hardcover): Kajal Odedra Do Something - Activism for Everyone (Hardcover)
Kajal Odedra 1
R381 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R65 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'An indispensable manual for budding activists by one of the country's most effective campaigners.' Cathy Newman, Journalist and Presenter 'Tired of complaining but don't know what to do? This beautifully written book will not only inspire you but give you a step-by-step guide to creating positive change.' Magid Magid, Politician and Activist 'This is your mayday book. If you want to start your own resistance, buy Do Something.' Deborah Frances-White, Host of The Guilty Feminist podcast Do you find yourself staring helplessly at your news feed? Or all too often asking, 'why hasn't somebody done something about that?'. If the answer is yes, then DO SOMETHING is the book you need. Whether you simply want to challenge your local shop to reduce their plastic or go big and demand a new law to be passed, this book is the place to start. Full of lessons from the real world DO SOMETHING contains practical steps and a blueprint anyone can follow - from helping you to pinpoint the fundamentals of what you want to achieve to mobilising supporters and harnessing traditional and social media. Having worked as a campaigner for over a decade Kajal Odedra knows the tricks that have typically been held by people in circles of power and believes that everyone should know how to speak up and be heard. Revolution on every scale is happening all around the world - but rather than being led by governments, policy makers or political leaders, it is individuals, communities and collectives who are calling for action. People power works! So, stop banging your head against the wall, pick up this book, and start planning your resistance.

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace - American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (Paperback): Melissa R. Klapper Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace - American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (Paperback)
Melissa R. Klapper
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Uncovers the powerful effects of 20th-century Jewish women's social and political activism on contemporary American life Winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, Women's Studies Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from 1890 to the beginnings of World War II. Written in an engaging style, the book demonstrates that no history of the birth control, suffrage, or peace movements in the United States is complete without analyzing the impact of Jewish women's presence. The volume is based on years of extensive primary source research in more than a dozen archives and among hundreds of primary sources, many of which have previously never been seen. Voluminous personal papers and institutional records paint a vivid picture of a world in which both middle-class and working-class American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day and worked closely with their non-Jewish counterparts on behalf of activist causes. This extraordinarily well-researched volume makes a unique contribution to the study of modern women's history, modern Jewish history, and the history of American social movements.

Recollections Of My Non-Existence (Hardcover): Rebecca Solnit Recollections Of My Non-Existence (Hardcover)
Rebecca Solnit 1
R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1981, Rebecca Solnit rented a studio apartment in San Francisco that would be her home for the next twenty-five years. There, she began to come to terms with the epidemic of violence against women around her, the street harassment that unsettled her, and the authority figures that routinely disbelieved her. That violence weighed on her as she faced the task of having a voice in a society that preferred women to shut up or go away.

Set in the era of punk, of growing gay pride, of counter culture and West Coast activism, during the latter years of second wave feminism, Recollections of My Non-Existence is the foundational story of an emerging artist struggling against patriarchal violence and scorn. Recalling the experience of living with fear, which Solnit contends is the normal state of women, she considers how oppression impacts on creativity and recounts the struggle to find a voice and have it be heard.

Place and the growing culture of activism liberated her, as did the magical world of literature and books. And over time, the clamour of voices against violence to women coalesced in the current feminist upheaval, a movement in which Solnit was a widely audible participant. Here is an electric account of the pauses and gains of feminism in the past forty years; and an extraordinary portrait of an artist, by a seminal American writer.

Duty and Dynamite - A Life of Activism (Paperback): Laloo Chiba Duty and Dynamite - A Life of Activism (Paperback)
Laloo Chiba
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Duty and Dynamite: A Life of Activism' traces the life story of Laloo 'Isu' Chiba. The son of Gujarati immigrants to South Africa, he shows little interest in politics in his early life, instead associating with the notorious Fordsburg gangster, Sharif Khan. His gradual politicisation in 1950s Johannesburg leads to his recruitment into the first generation of Umkhonto we Sizwe freedom fighters, where he displays resourcefulness and bravery in equal measure. That earns him torture, detention and ultimately eighteen years in prison on Robben Island. He is devastated by his separation from his wife and three young daughters for close on to two decades. On the Island, alongside Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada, he excels as one of the transcribers of Mandela's autobiography, as a key communications operative, and originator of the prisoners' garden. Soon after his release, he immerses himself in the politics of the United Democratic Front, where he distinguishes himself as a leading activist of the democratic movement. After 1994, he is called upon to serve as an ANC MP for two terms in SA's democratic Parliament, where he steadfastly fights against corruption in the Arms Deal. This autobiography , published posthumously, talks to a life of duty to the cause of freedom.

Resisting Sectarianism - Queer Activism in Postwar Lebanon (Paperback): John Nagle, Tamirace Fakhoury Resisting Sectarianism - Queer Activism in Postwar Lebanon (Paperback)
John Nagle, Tamirace Fakhoury
R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Middle East is often portrayed as oppressively patriarchal and homophobic. Yet, in recent years the region has become a vibrant and important arena for feminist and LGBTQ activism. This book provides an insight into this emerging politics through a unique analysis of feminist and LGBTQ social movements in the context of Lebanon's postwar sectarian system. Resisting Sectarianism argues that LGBTQ and feminists social movements are powerful agents of political and social transformation in Lebanon. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, the book takes the reader inside these movements to see how they attract members and construct campaigns, forge alliances, and the multiple ways in which they generate important forms of resistance to, and change within, the sectarian system. The book also traces the strong obstacles that sectarian parties and religious authorities employ to weaken LGBTQ and feminist activism.

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