Category: Books

Recent books published by faculty, students, and alumni.

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Andrew Anastasi – The Weapon of Organization: Mario Tronti’s Political Revolution in Marxism,

Andrew Anastasi

Edited and translated The Weapon of Organization: Mario Tronti’s Political Revolution in Marxism, an anthology of texts by Mario Tronti, an Italian political philosopher whose work has been widely influential among critical scholars and activists for decades, but who has remained obscure in English until recently. In addition to translations, the book also includes a substantial critical apparatus (introduction, notes, appendix) to open the work up to a wider contemporary audience.

James M. Jasper – Protestors and their Targets

James M. Jasper (Faculty) edited Protestors and their Targets (Temple University Press, 2020) with Brayden King

The strategic interactions between protestors and their targets shape the world around us in profound ways. The editors and contributors to Protestors and Their Targets—all leading scholars in the study of social movements—look at why movements do what they do and why their interactions with other societal actors turn out as they do. They recognize that targets are not stationary but react to the movement and require the movement to react back.

This edited collection analyzes how social movements select their targets, movement-target interactions, and the outcomes of those interactions. Case studies examine school closures in Sweden, the U.S. labor movement, Bolivian water and Mexican corn, and other global issues to show the strategic thinking, shifting objectives, and various degrees of success in the actions and nature of these protest movements.

Protestors and Their Targets seeks to develop a set of tools for the further development of the field’s future work on this underexplored set of interactions.

Contributors: Edwin Amenta, Kenneth T. Andrews, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Sarah Gaby, Pablo Gastón, Frances Fox Piven, Gay W. Seidman, Nicole Shortt, Erica Simmons, Katrin UbaKim Voss, and the editors