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EDITED BY JOHN CARTER

ANTI-CAPITALIST

BRITAIN

EDITED BY

JOHN CARTER AND

DAVE MORLAND

Anti-Capitalist Britain is an account of the

state of left and radical politics in the UK, delivered

through a study of recent anti-capitalist protests

and movements.The book is a collaborative project

involving writers from various universities in the

UK and recent participants in anti-capitalist actions.

The introduction examines the origins of the current

protest movement and its re-emergence from the

‘Victory of the West’ and the free market. Caroline

Lucas and Colin Hines then critique the dominant

neoliberal version of globalization from a green and

localist perspective.This analysis is complemented by

the work of Molly Scott Cato, who explores positive

and sustainable alternatives to capitalism and the free

market.Amir Saeed also takes the new geopolitics as

his starting point, examining the difficulties created

for Asian Britons after 9/11 and the subsequent

‘War on Terror’.

Other contributors consider the different forms

of protest and activism in current anti-capitalist and

green politics. John Carter and Dave Morland’s

overview of the UK anti-capitalist scene detects an

emerging shift towards a more libertarian mode of

struggle. One source of this is set out in Derek

Wall’s account of the Russian theorist Mikhail

Bakhtin, whose theories loom large in the ongoing

Carnival against Capitalism. Jon Purkis focuses on

the role of anticonsumerist campaigns, finding

echoes of radical movements from the English Civil

War period. Paul Taylor examines the creative ways

in which electronic ‘hacktivists’ have undermined

corporations and the powerful. How all this

diversity and seeming fragmentation produces a

functioning ‘movement’ is the concern of Alex Plows,

who explores the way in which groupings,

communities and individuals have supported each

other through fluid activist networks.The book

concludes with a vibrant account of the Anti-G8

mobilization in Genoa, written by one of the

participants.

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