Aesthetics and Radical Politics

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Gavin Grindon
Cambridge Scholars, 2008 - Philosophy - 131 pages
There has always been a strong connection historically between aesthetics and radical politics, and this is no less true for the global justice movements current preoccupation with cultural approaches to political action. The essays collected here seek to engage with past and present convergences between the theories and practices of artists and writers and the theories and practices of movements for radical social change.

There is already a massive amount of literature on Marxist approaches to aesthetics, art and literature, and whilst recognising the usefulness of such approaches, the essays collected here attempt to engage with culture from other radical critical positions - whether they be anarchist, autonomist, ecological or otherwise. Such perspectives have often been overlooked historically, but it is arguable that they now more centrally influence the activities of radical artists and activists. As such, the perspectives of these essays, which are often drawn from or inspired by the practices of the current global justice movement, exhibit an exhilarating political and generational break with the suppositions of earlier radical theoretical approaches to cultural critique.

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Gavin Grindon has lectured in art history and critical theory at The University of Manchester and Queen Mary University, London. He is currently completing a book on the history of the theory of revolution-as-festival, from the Surrealists to Reclaim the Streets.

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