Activism & Social Movements

  • Demonstrations

    By Olivier Fillieule and Danielle Tartakowsky     February 2013

    In this book, which includes updated information from the original French version, the authors offer a sociological and historical analysis political demonstrations, with their norms and rules, myths and legends, glorious episodes and its darkest hours.

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  • Gender and Sexuality

    Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists

    By Scott Neigh     August 2012

    The freedoms and liberties that every community, workplace and individual in Canada enjoys are due to the many struggles and social movements in our country’s history. Yet the stories, accounts and histories of the movements to overcome racism, sexism and poverty, for example, remain largely untold, thanks to the single, simplistic national story taught to the masses in school. Deftly combining history with accounts from activists and participants in social movements, two new books from Scott Neigh introduce us to the untold histories of two crucial issues in contemporary Canadian society that challenge all of us to engage in the struggles that will shape our shared tomorrow.

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  • Resisting the State

    Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists

    By Scott Neigh     August 2012

    The freedoms and liberties that every community, workplace and individual in Canada enjoys are due to the many struggles and social movements in our country’s history. Yet the stories, accounts and histories of the movements to overcome racism, sexism and poverty, for example, remain largely untold, thanks to the single, simplistic national story taught to the masses in school. Deftly combining history with accounts from activists and participants in social movements, two new books from Scott Neigh introduce us to the untold histories of two crucial issues in contemporary Canadian society that challenge all of us to engage in the struggles that will shape our shared tomorrow.

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  • Making the City

    Women Who Made a Difference

    By Working Women Community Centre     June 2012

    This book tracks some of the important contributions of immigrant women in Toronto, their participation in grass roots organizing and community development. It connects grassroots work to larger social movements in Canada and the world. The story is told primarily through oral histories-the women telling their own stories-and weaving those stories into the larger multicoloured and richly textured fabrick of Toronto’s social history

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  • Community Organizing

    A Holistic Approach

    By Joan Kuyek     August 2011

    “History is full of stories of the oppressed rebelling against the oppressor, only to reinstate an equally oppressive system. What we learn from oppression is how to oppress. If we want a truly transformative politics, then we must take up methods that embody the kind of world we want to create; we have to change deeply embedded beliefs and behaviours.”

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  • The FARC

    The Longest Insurgency

    By Garry Leech     June 2011

    To many – the Colombian, U.S. and the E.U. governments among them – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is no more than a terrorist organization. Moreover, they claim that the FARC is only engaged in criminal activities and no longer maintains an ideology. But does this tell the whole story? Is it possible to engage in armed revolutionary struggle in order to achieve political and ideological objectives without perpetrating acts of terrorism? As the U.N.’s special envoy to Colombia noted in 2003, it would be ‘a mistake to think that the FARC members are only drug traffickers and terrorists.’

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  • Broke But Unbroken

    Grassroots Social Movements and Their Radical Solutions to Poverty

    By Augusta Dwyer     May 2011

    In Broke but Unbroken, journalist Augusta Dwyer takes us on an inspiring journey through the slums and villages of Brazil, Indonesia, India and Argentina as she meets with organizers from some of the most successful grassroots social movements struggling against poverty. These organizers are not representatives from NGOs or aid organizations based in developed nations but the poor themselves – people who know intimately the reality of struggling for land, food, housing and the right to control their own resources and means of production. It is these movements, built from the ground up by the very people affected by poverty, that have achieved the most successes in ameliorating the conditions of the poor and providing real solutions to global poverty.

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  • Activism that Works

    Edited by Avery Calhoun, Elizabeth Whitmore and Maureen G. Wilson     April 2011

    How can we understand “success” in relation to social justice and environmental activism? How do activists themselves determine or define their effectiveness? Activism That Works shares the stories of eight diverse social justice movements, from Oxfam Canada, to the Calgary Raging Grannies, to the Youth Project of Halifax, as they contemplate their own successes. What we discover is that success is not measured only in large-scale social reform but is also found in moments of connection – in building relationships and raising awareness. Taking the lead from these stories, the authors contextualize and analyze success within social justice activism in Canada. Understanding their work as a contribution to the movements challenging the domination of free market ideology, the authors hope this book will offer a space for reflecting on the contributions and impacts of activist groups – and provide meaningful insights into what success means in the struggle against neoliberal capitalism.

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  • Re:Imagining Change

    How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World

    By Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough     September 2010

    Re:Imagining Change provides resources, theory, hands-on tools and illuminating case studies for the next generation of innovative change makers. This unique book explores how culture, media, memes, and narrative intertwine with social change strategies, and offers practical methods to amplify progressive causes in the popular culture.

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  • A New Notion: Two Works by C.L.R. James

    The Invading Socialist Society and Every Cook Can Govern

    By Noel Ignatiev and C.L.R. James     July 2010

    C.L.R. James was a leading figure in the independence movement in the West Indies, and the black and working-class movements in both Britain and the United States. As a major contributor to Marxist and revolutionary theory, his project was to discover, document, and elaborate the aspects of working-class activity that constitute the revolution in today’s world. In this volume, Noel Ignatiev, author of How the Irish Became White, provides an extensive introduction to James’ life and thought, before presenting two critical works that together illustrate the tremendous breadth and depth of James’ worldview.

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