The Political Edge

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Chris Carlsson
City Lights Books, Apr 1, 2005 - History - 276 pages
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In the wake of the astonishing popular mobilization on behalf of an underdog campaign to elect Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez mayor of San Francisco, The Political Edge analyzes emergent political energies, where they came from and where they're going. Rarely have contemporary radicals joined forces with cultural rebels and neighborhood activists in an effort to change almost everything about the governance of a city. Cultural and political trends erupt in San Francisco, a city that thrives on dissent and new ideas. With wit and cogency, this book reveals the new dynamics that will reshape urban politics nationwide.

Chris Carlsson is an urban historian who has written and edited Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration, Bad Attitude: Processed World Reader and Reclaiming San Francisco.

  

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Contents

What Is Political? Introduction by Chris Carlsson
7
Euphoric Community
13
Interrupting the Monologue Hugh DAndrade
21
One Small Piece of Gold at a Time Marlena Sonn
35
From the Streets to Elections Alii Starr
45
Into the Fray Alejandro Murguia
53
Vote Yesterday Michelle Tea
65
Engagement and Enragement Michael Medo Whitson
81
McFrisco Quintin Mecke
151
Put Your Head in It Dr Ahimsa Sumchai
159
A Decade of Displacement James Tracy
169
The Race Card Bianca Henry
181
A City for Idiots lain A Boal
197
What Does Green Mean? Steven Bodzin
207
San Franciscos Clean Little Secret Joel Pomerantz
213
Toward a CopyrightFree Zone Rick Prelinger
231

On the Lower Frequencies Erick Lyle
95
Matt Indie Culture David Rosen
113
Gay Shame and the Politics of Resistance
131
Queerly Shifting Affinities Keith Hennessy
143
Digital Politics 101 Annalee Nevvtz
239
The Wave of the Future Lawrence Ferlinghetti
251
Contributors
263
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About the author (2005)

Urban historian, founder of the magazine Processsed World, and creator of the acclaimed CD-ROM Shaping San Francisco. He was a contributing editor of Bad Attitude: Processed World Anthology (Verso), Reclaiming San Francisco (City Lights Books), and Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration(AK Press).