The Subversive Seventies

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.46 X 9.31 X 1.17 inches | 1.29 pounds

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About the Author
Michael Hardt teaches political theory in the Literature Program at Duke University. He is co-author, with Antonio Negri, of the Empire trilogy and, most recently, Assembly. He is co-director with Sandro Mezzadra of The Social Movements Lab.

"Michael Hardt's journey liberates the seventies-a decade that our time seems keen to forget- from a double lock: the counterpoint between a peaceful, luminous sixties and the eighties as the definitive introjection of political defeat. An in between time that, from a transnational perspective, we may reread with new insight into shared revolutionary experiences and the actual dynamics for the construction of power for the people. Hardt throws new light on their dilemmas and their conceptualizations, and brings them home to us. They come intimately close, 'and this will improve our position in the struggles' of the present." -- Verónica Gago, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and author of Feminist International

"Hardt provides an alternative and, dare I say, hopeful, history for contemporary political struggles. Rejecting the story that we live in the shadows of the '60s, which often ends in failure, fragmentation, and cooptation, Hardt rescues the '70s with a fragmented, global story about struggles that sought to subvert existing power relations and offer their own liberatory visions. And despite the distances and differences among them, Hardt finds another kind of unity in the concepts they used to understand their struggles." -- Lawrence Grossberg, author of Under the Cover of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right

"Like putting on a pair of glasses that finally has the right prescription: the edges of the world become sharper and what seemed distant is suddenly near. A dazzling achievement." -- Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and On Fire

"Damned or forgotten, obscured by the 'global Sixties' or by military dictatorships and incipient neoliberal hegemony, the revolutionary movements of the 1970s continue to speak to us. Michael Hardt takes readers on a breathtaking tour across those movements in different parts of the world, reactivating their political imagination for the needs of the present. A must-read book for anybody interested in a politics of liberation in its genealogy and its contemporary stakes." -- Sandro Mezzadra, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Bologna, and author of In the Marxian Workshops

"In offering his generous panorama of the militant movements of the 1970s, Hardt does us a remarkable service. He lets us revisit and rethink the past in a way that explains and unsettles our present. The watchwords of autonomy, ungovernability, and revolution that reverberated during that stormy decade did not wither on the vine. They are on the lips and in the hearts of young radicals today." -- Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University