BOOK: “Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power” (Zed Books, 2014)

Street art by Escif -
Street art by Escif –

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Zed Books to publish a shortish book titled “Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Culture and Resistance in a Post-Crash World” in early 2014.  The book will draw on the work of a whole variety of fabulous people to try and weave together several themes that have animated my recent writing: the cultural and imaginative dimensions of our present crises, the bankruptcy of mainstream ideologies (from unapologetic neoliberalism to self-satisfied Keynesianism), the importance of values and the struggle over value, the thematic of the commons, the fate of the university, the importance of the radical imagination, the privatization of creativity and the potentials and importance of resistance, refusal and reinvention.  I’m just wrapping up the manuscript now, and here’s a tentative table of contents.

  • Introduction: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power
  • 1. Capitalism’s Crisis of Values
  • 2. The End of the Middle Class Imaginary
  • 3. Financial Totalitarianism
  • 4. Student Debt and the EduFactory
  • 5. Common Memory and the Radical Event
  • 6. What is the Radical Imagination?
  • 7. The Privatization of Creativity
  • Conclusion: This Common Crisis