What Moves Us?

The Lives and Times of the Radical Imagination

Edited by Alex Khasnabish and Max Haiven  

Emerging from the Radical Imagination Project, a social movement research initiative based in Halifax, Canada, What Moves Us? brings together a diverse group of scholar-activists and movement- based thinkers and practitioners to reflect on the relationship between the radical imagination and radical social change. Combining political biography with movement-based histories, these activists provide critical insights into the opportunities and challenges that confront struggles for social justice today.

In original essays and interviews, these radical thinkers from across Canada and beyond contemplate the birth of their own radical consciousness and the political and intellectual commitments that animate their activism.

  • Activism & Social Movements
  • Co-published with Upping the Anti, The Radical Imagination Project
  • ISBN: 9781552669884
  • $15.00
  • July 2017
  • 154 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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  • What Moves Us? The Lives and Times of the Radical Imagination (Max Haiven & Alex Khasnabish)
  • For the Long Haul (Chris Dixon)
  • Interview: Silvia Federici & Alex Khasnabish
  • Care, Value and Invisible Labour (Halifax Motherhood Collective)
  • Interview: Glen Coulthard & Alex Khasnabish
  • “Love, Peace, Chicken Grease”: My Journey into Activism with Prisoners (El Jones)
  • Interview: Gary Kinsman & Alex Khasnabish
  • Some Notes toward Trauma-Informed Justice (Ardath Whynacht)
  • Truths My Teachers Told Me (John Munro)
  • Interview: Jerome Roos & Max Haiven
  • No Traitors in the House: The Development of My Political Consciousness (Isaac Saney)
  • Interview: Sherry Pictou & Max Haiven


  • Alex Khasnabish

    Mount Saint Vincent University

    Alex Khasnabish works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His current research explores the connection between the radical imagination and radical social transformation amongst collectives of activists in Halifax. In addition to Zapatistas, Khasnabish is the author of Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility (U of T Press, 2008) as well as several articles and book chapters about contemporary radical politics, social movements, and globalization.

  • Max Haiven

    Max Haiven is an activist, writer and teacher working in New York and Halifax.