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In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that reflected the vast social transformations of the post-war period. He revealed how these transformations could be grasped by investigating changes in word usage and meaning. Keywords for Radicals—part homage, part development—asks: What vocabulary might illuminate the social transformations marking our own contested present? How do these words define the imaginary of today's radical left?
With insights from dozens of scholars and troublemakers, Keywords for Radicals explores the words that shape our political landscape. Each entry highlights a term's contested variations, traces its evolving usage, and speculates about what its historical mutations can tell us. More than a glossary, this is a crucial study of the power of language and the social contradictions hidden within it.
"An extraordinary volume that provides nothing less than a detailed cognitive mapping of the terrain for everyone who wants to engage in radical politics."—Slavoj Žižek, author of Living in the End Times
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Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women and Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto. She is associate editor of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, and her work has been published in Somatechnics; Feral Feminisms; Feminist Review; Foucault Studies; Disability & Society; Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies; Health, Culture, and Society; The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies; Disability Studies Quarterly; and Critical Disability Discourse. Between 2008 and 2012, Fritsch served as an editor of the Canadian social movement journal, Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.
Stacy Douglas is Assistant Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Former co-director of the Centre for Law, Gender, and Sexuality at Kent Law School, as well as editorial board member of Feminist Legal Studies and feminists@law, she has published academic and political commentary in Law and Critique; Law, Culture & the Humanities; Theory & Event; Radical Philosophy; Australian Feminist Law Journal;Canadian Dimension; and Truthout; and she recently co-edited a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society on law and decolonization. She is winner of the 2014 Julien Mezey dissertation prize from the Association for Law, Culture, and the Humanities.
Dan Irving is Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies and Human Rights at Carleton University. His research is located within Transgender Studies, Masculinity Studies, and Critical Political Economy. His current research focuses on un(der)employment among trans* populations. His project, “Love the Way You Lie: Eminem, Male-Identified Youth and the Crisis of Masculinity,” launched in the fall of 2015. He is the co-editor of Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader (2014), and his work has been published in Radical History Review, Sexualities, and the Australian Feminist Review.
Rebecca Schein is Assistant Professor in the Human Rights program at Carleton University’s Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Ottawa, Ontario.