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Furthermore, the mainstream media rarely represents social movements, and the theories associated with them, without distortion or bias. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Ideas for Action gives activists the intellectual tools to turn discontent into a plan of action. Exploring a wide range of political traditionsincluding Marxism, anarchism, anti-imperialism, poststructualism, feminism, critical race theory, and environmentalismCynthia Kaufman acknowledges the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of political movements and the ideologies inspired by or -generated through them.
Kaufman incorporates elements of her own activist experiences, and offers a coherent analysis without pretending to offer the final word on complex issues. Instead, she encourages inquiry and further investigation, offering readers the information to orient a critical understanding of the social world and a glimpse of the excitement and rewards of serious intellectual engagement with political ideas.
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Kaufman's insights break the chains of cynicism and lay a foundation for more effective organizing. Kaufman offers a coherent analysis without pretending to offer the final word on complex issues.
Instead, she helps orient a critical understanding of the social world and a glimpse of the excitement and rewards of serious intellectual engagement with political ideas. Fully updated to confront pressing issues of todayfrom mass incarceration to climate change, from the war on terror to the national security state, from rising inequality to a global shortage of care, Ideas for Action also examines the work of diverse thinkers such as Adam Smith, Paulo Freire, Grace Lee Boggs, and Stuart Hall.
Kaufmans insights break the chains of cynicism and lay a foundation for more effective organizing.
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