Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia

Alastair Bonnett (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$41.94
Publisher
Continnuum-3PL
Publish Date
May 01, 2010
Pages
194
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780826430076

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About the Author

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. His other books include, The Idea of the West: Culture, Politics and History, White Identities: International and Historical Perspectives, Anti-racism and Radicalism, Anti-racism and Representation.

Reviews

"Alastair Bonnett persuades us that the left can come to terms with nostalgia, because nostalgia-if the left did but realize it-is both a fact and an underutilized quality of leftist thought, and to prove it, Left in the Past conspires an unexpected rendezvous between early socialism, post-colonialism, and situationism. Unforeseen too is how this examination of nostalgia sheds new light on its opponent, modernity, placing the two rivals for the hearts and minds of the left in a truly welcome exchange. The book's novel readings of renowned cultural theories on the one hand, and exposΓ©s of arcane psycogeography on the other, will intrigue scholars, activists and students alike in virtually any area of politics, the arts, the humanities and social sciences. Bonnett writes with the humanity of someone who has thought through the contradictions he has felt within himself and which he wants now to share with others. And in a delicious irony, his findings are presented clearly and unsentimentally."Γ‚ --Simon Sadler, Professor of Architectural and Urban History, University of California, Davis
"Alastair Bonnett of Newcastle University in a brilliant new book, 'Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia' writes that 'throughout the last century nostalgia was cast as the antithesis of radicalism. Emotions of yearning and loss were portrayed as embarrassing defects on the bright body of movement associated with the new and the youthful'. --Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament (UK)
Praised by Labour MP Jon Cruddas in a lecture delivered in Liverpool March (UK) ''Alastair Bonnett of Newcastle University in a brilliant new book, 'Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia' writes that 'throughout the last century nostalgia was cast as the antithesis of radicalism. Emotions of yearning and loss were portrayed as embarrassing defects on the bright body of movement associated with the new and the youthful'.''