Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology

common futuresTitle: Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology

Authors: Yavor Tarinski & Alexandros Schismenos

Pages: 200

Publisher: Black Rose Books

Year: 2021

For online orders: Black Rose Books, University of Chicago Press

About the book:

What does the future hold? Is the desertification of the planet, driven by state and corporate authority, the final horizon of history? Is the dystopian future implied by the systemic degradation of nature and society inescapable? From marginal activist groups to governments and interstate organizations, all appear to be concerned with what the future of our shared world will look like. Yet even amid the ongoing global crisis caused by capitalism, the potential of a different, radically rooted future has also appeared.

Common Futures explores the global emergence of twenty-first-century social movements, opposed to capitalism and state authority. These movements, Yavor Tarinski and Alexandros Schismenos show, transcend traditional political forms of organization and try to form autonomous networks premised on direct democracy and solidarity. The authors identify the importance of grassroots movements, which can bring radical change and create a more democratic and ecological future.

Common Futures examines the social and political roots of the environmental crisis and the relationship between ecology and direct democracy. But Tarinski and Schismenos go beyond the analysis of crises, contemporary struggles, and social movements: Common Futures also clarifies the conditions for the re-creation of free public time and space and point to practical steps that we can take to alleviate the problems of our future.

Yavor Tarinski is an independent researcher, and activist. He is the author of Direct Democracy: Context, Individuality, Society.

Alexandros Schismenos earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ioannina in 2017. He is a post-doctoral researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the co-author of The End of National Politics.

2020, 200 pages 5.5 x 8.5

Paperback: 978-1-55164-773-9 – 19.95
Hardcover: 78-1-55164-775-3 – 69.95
PDF eBook: 978-1-55164-777-7 – 11.95

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