Reconstruction Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010: Inventions of Activism. Edited by Michael Benton and Alan Clinton
By Matthew D. Hoffman
"Inventions of Activism" solicited a variety of work which looks to activism as a broad array of creative practices yet to be defined. We sought not to revisit debates between theory and practice, but to view activism as a form of invention which may lead to new cultural formations.
The editors wanted this issue itself to be a form of activism inasmuch as it brings together a set of theorized practices in the form of case studies from the present and the past, a community of minds in both its contributors and subsequent readers. We also encouraged contributors to look to problem areas that have not yet been addressed or not addressed sufficiently, and to propose new models of cultural intervention.
Ultimately, we hope that activists of all kinds will view this issue as a form of potlatch that may lead to new practice and theory, new activist communities. Based upon the wealth of perspectives represented in this issue, we feel that this goal has been achieved, although its trajectories remain to be seen. We would like to see more submissions to Reconstruction related to activism, and more inventions of activism occurring beyond the ken of this journal. This issue is dedicated to all the amazing inventors who contributed to it.
Mark Nowak on Activist Poetics
Neoliberalism, Collective Action, and the American MFA Industry, by Mark Nowak. reprinted from Workers of the Word: Unite and Fight! (Palm Press, 2005 http://www.palmpress.org/chapbooks.html)
From Micah White (of Adbusters)
Introducing 25 years of Struggle
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