2011 Recommended Books

International Herbert Marcuse Society's

Book of the Month
  December 2011

Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America

  Keith Gessen, Astra Taylor, Eli Schmitt, Nikil Saval, Sarah Resnick, Sarah Leonard, Mark Greif, and Carla Blumenkranz, eds. 

The first book to explore the Occupy movement in depth, with reportage and analysis.  In the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown
Manhattan exploded into a global uprising, sparked in part by the violent overreactions of the police.  An unofficial record of this movement,
combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and
thoughtful reflections, featuring the editors and writers of the celebrated n+1, as well as some of the world’s leading radical thinkers, such as
Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, and Rebecca Solnit.

The book conveys the intense excitement of those present at the birth of a counterculture, while providing the movement with a serious platform                             for debating goals, demands, and tactics. Articles address the history of the “horizontalist” structure at OWS; how to keep a live-in going when there                               is a giant mountain of laundry building up; how very rich the very rich have become; the messages and meaning of the “We are the 99%” tumblr website; occupations in Oakland, Boston, Atlanta, and elsewhere; what happens next; and much more.


Paperback, 224 pages

ISBN: 9781844679409

December 2011

International Herbert Marcuse Society's

Book of the Month
  November 2011

Towards a New Manifesto

by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer

"A fascinating dialogue on a new Communist Manifesto from two giants of twentieth century philosophy.  Theodor Adorno and Max
Horkheimer wrote the central text of “critical theory”, Dialectic of Enlightenment, a measured critique of the Enlightenment reason
that, they argued, had resulted in fascism and totalitarianism.

"Towards a New Manifesto shows the two philosophers in a uniquely spirited and free-flowing exchange of ideas. This book is a record
of their discussions over three weeks in the spring of 1956, recorded with a view to the production of a contemporary version of
The Communist Manifesto
. A philosophical jam-session in which the two thinkers improvise freely, often wildly, on central themes of
their work—theory and practice, labor and leisure, domination and freedom—in a political register found nowhere else in their writing.
Amid a careening flux of arguments, aphorisms and asides, in which the trenchant alternates with the reckless, the playful with the
ingenuous, positions are swapped and contradictions unheeded, without any compulsion for consistency.

"A thrilling example of philosophy in action and a compelling map of a possible passage to a new world."


Hardback, 128 pages

ISBN: 9781844678198

October 2011

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
  October 2011

                                                                                                                                                                         Spectacular Capitalism:                   

Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy

Richard Gilman-Opalsky

"Despite recent crises in the financial system, uprisings in Greece, France, and Bolivia, worldwide decline of faith in neoliberal trade
policies, deepening ecological catastrophes, and global deficits of realized democracy, we still live in an era of "spectacular capitalism."
But what is "spectacular capitalism?" Spectacular capitalism is the dominant mythology of capitalism that disguises its internal logic
and denies the macroeconomic reality of the actually existing capitalist world. Taking on this elusive mythology, and those who too
easily accept it, Richard Gilman-Opalsky exposes the manipulative and self-serving narrative of spectacular capitalism.

"Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory of practice and practice of theory are superseded by
upheavals that do the work of philosophy. One could ask: Who better raises questions about public and private spheres of influence
and control, Jurgen Habermas or the water war activists who made a rebellion in Cochabamba, Bolivia in the spring of 2000?
Or, has any sociological theorist done better than the Zapatistas to reframe and raise questions about indigenous identity? Spectacular
makes the case not only for a new philosophy of praxis, but for praxis itself as the delivery mechanism for philosophy for
the field of human action, of contestation and conflict, to raise directly the most irresistible questions about the truth and morality
of the existing state of affairs."

About the Author

Richard Gilman-Opalsky is Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois
at Springfield. He is the author of Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books,
2008), as well as numerous articles.
Minor Compositions, 2011
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics,
avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
  September 2011

Bento's Sketchbook
John Berger

"A meditation, in words and images, on the practice of drawing, by the author of Ways of Seeing.

"The seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza—also known as Benedict or Bento de Spinoza—spent                                                                      the most intense years of his short life writing. A sporadic draughtsman, he also carried with him a sketchbook.                                                            After his sudden death, his friends rescued letters, manuscripts, notes—but no drawings.

"For years, John Berger has imagined finding Bento's sketchbook without knowing what its pages might hold,                                                                    but wanting to see the drawings alongside his surviving words. When one day a friend gave Berger a beautiful,                                                               virgin sketchbook, John said “This is Bento's!” and he began to draw, taking his inspiration from the philosopher's                                                      vision.

"The result is Bento's Sketchbook—an exploration of the practice of drawing and a meditation on how art guides                                                          our gaze to the world: to flowers, to the human body, to the pitilessness of the new world order and the forms of                                                   resistance to it."

John Berger

Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years.
His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G,
Hold Everything Dear
, the Man Booker–longlisted From A to X, and A Seventh Man.

London: Verso Books, 2011

International Herbert Marcuse Society's

Book of the Month
  August 2011

Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

Fredric Jameson

"A radical rereading of Marx’s central work by the prolific cultural theorist and philosopher."

"Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.

"Marx’s fundamental concepts are not presented philosophically, or in social-scientific terms, but rather as a series of figures produced by the development of the text. Jameson grasps Marx’s work as a representational problem and an experiment in constructing the figure or model of the inexpressible phenomenon that is capital."

Fredric Jameson

     Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University.
The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy.
He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize.
He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

London: Verso Books, 2011

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
  July 2011

Pedagogy of the Poor (Teaching for Social Justice)

Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann

“This exciting new work includes eyewitness and participant accounts of poverty campaigns and conditions, as well as scholarly perspectives, student reactions, and more. Pedagogy of the Poor is a must-read for activists, educators, social workers, and anyone interested in the future of human rights.

Ira Shor, City University of New York

“We who are battling life-threatening water shutoffs, foreclosures, worsening and widening poverty, and government crises see our struggles as emblematic of the direction of the country and world. This pedagogy of the poor helps us grapple with and understand these problems and their solutions. This book should be one of the required tools of the movement.”

Marian Kramer, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

"In this book, the authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty. Closely linked to the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, this unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with accessible introductions to relevant social theories, case studies, in-class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes the book useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the struggles for economic and social justice.Pedagogy of the Poor is an essential tool of self-education and leadership development for a broad social movement led by the poor to end poverty."

Featuring a 5-part series of interviews with Willie Baptist, this important book examines:

  • Firsthand examples of the poor organizing the poor over the past three decades.
  • The effect of neoliberalism, high-tech capitalism, and the economic crisis on poverty.
  • Theoretical lessons drawn from the Watts Uprising, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, and the National Union of the Homeless.
  • The role of religion and morality in the antipoverty movement.
  • The relevance of hegemony theory and ideology theory for social movements.
  • Resources, methods, and practices for teaching social justice in the secondary classroom.


Introduction: Plight, Fight, and Insight of the Poor—The Need for a Pedagogy to End Poverty, Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann

  1. Interview with Willie Baptist (I): From the Cotton Fields to the Watts Uprisings
  2. Different Perspectives on Poverty: An Introduction, Jan Rehmann
  3. Interview with Willie Baptist (II): The Contributions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. Root Causes of Poverty—Neoliberalism, High-Tech Capitalism, and Economic Crisis, Jan Rehmann
  5. Interview with Willie Baptist (III): King's Poor People's Campaign, “Operation Cereal Bowl,” and Labor Struggles at the Steel Plant
  6. A Case Study on Organizing: The Struggle for Water in Postindustrial Detroit, Chris Caruso
  7. Interview with Willie Baptist (IV): Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless—A Debate on Organizing
  8. The Relevance of Gramsci's Theory of Hegemony for Social Justice Movements, Jan Rehmann
  9. Interview with Willie Baptist (V): Evaluating Today's Struggles—Stories from the Movement to End Poverty
  10. Ideology Theory and Antipoverty Movements, Jan Rehmann
  11. Teach as We Fight, Learn as We Lead: Lessons in Pedagogy and the Poverty Initiative Model, Willie Baptist and Liz Theoharis

New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2011

Willie Baptist
, Poverty Initiative scholar-in-residence and coordinator, Poverty Scholars Program, Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
Jan Rehmann, Union Theological Seminary and the Free University, Berlin.

International Herbert Marcuse Society's

Book of the Month
  June 2011

Critical Pedagogy Primer

Joe L. Kincheloe

"The second edition of the Critical Pedagogy Primer not only introduces the topic but also provides a vision for the future of the critical pedagogy.
Kincheloe's notion of an "evolving criticality" makes sure that critical pedagogy will continue to be a vibrant and creative force that makes a powerful
difference in education and in the world in general. As it prepares readers for the challenges of the future, it focuses on the traditions and individuals
who have helped construct the discipline. This attention to the past and the future provides readers with an introduction unlike most initiations into
academic disciplines. In a richly textured but direct manner, Kincheloe captures the spirit of critical pedagogy in a language accessible to diverse
audiences. Both the uninitiated and those with experience in critical pedagogy can learn from this unique and compelling perspective on the field."

New York, NY:  Peter Lang Publishing
2nd edition, 2008

Joe L. Kincheloe, Canada Research Chair in Critical Pedagogy at McGill University
and founder of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy,
is a scholar of critical pedagogy, research, cognition, curriculum, and cultural studies.
KincheloeÂ’s recent book with Peter McLaren, Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now?
(Lang, 2007) is a best-selling look at the future of critical pedagogy.
His other books include: Teachers as Researchers: Qualitative Paths to Empowerment (2002);
Critical Constructivism Primer
(Lang, 2005); and Changing Multiculturalism: New Times, New Curriculum
(with Shirley Steinberg, 1997).

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
  May 2011

The Magna Carta Manifesto:

Liberties and Commons for All

Peter Linebaugh

"This remarkable book shines a fierce light on the current state of liberty and shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny
—and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture—are being abridged. In providing
a sweeping history of Magna Carta, the source of these protections since 1215, this powerful book demonstrates how these ancient rights
are repeatedly laid aside when the greed of privatization, the lust for power, and the ambition of empire seize a state. Peter Linebaugh draws
on primary sources to construct a wholly original history of the Great Charter and its scarcely-known companion, the Charter of the Forest,
which was created at the same time to protect the subsistence rights of the poor."
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2008

Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo.

He is the author of The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century and coauthor (with Marcus Rediker)

of Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
  April 2011

Why Marx Was Right
Terry Eagleton

Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism
--that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic,
that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on--
Eagleton demonstrates what a travesty of Marx's own thought these assumptions are. 
Written with Eagleton's familiar wit, humor, and clarity,
Why Marx Was Right
is as urgent and timely as it is brave and candid.

Yale University Press

Terry Eagleton
is currently Bailrigg Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster, England,
and Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He lives in Dublin.

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
March 2011

The Situationist Movement in Scandinavia and Elsewhere

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen and Jakob Jakobsen, eds.

This volume is the first English-language presentation of the Scandinavian Situationists
and their role in the Situationist movement.  The Situationists were an international group of artists, writers and thinkers that in the 1950s and 1960s tried to revolutionize the world with their rejection
of bourgeois art and critique of the post-World War Two capitalist consumer society.

The book contains articles, conversations and statements by former members of the Situationists’ organisations as well as contemporary artists, activists, scholars and writers. While previous
publications about the Situationist movement have almost exclusively focused on the contribution
of the French section and in particular on the role of Guy Debord, this book aims to shed light on
the activities of the Situationists in places like Denmark, Sweden and Holland. The themes and
stories chronicled include: the anarchist undertakings of the Drakabygget movement led by the rebel
artists Jørgen Nash, Hardy Strid and Jens Jørgen Thorsen, the Situationist International exhibition “Destruction of RSG-6” in 1963 in Odense, The Situationist Times journal edited by Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn's political critique of natural science and the films of the Drakabygget movement.

The book is published by Nebula in association with Autonomedia.

Peter Laugesen, Carl Nørrested, Fabian Tompsett, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Jacqueline de Jong, Gordon Fazakerley,
Hardy Strid, Karen Kurczynski, Stewart Home, Jakob Jakobsen.

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen is an art historian and political theorist. He is associate professor at the
University of Copenhagen and has published books and articles on the revolutionary tradition and modern art.

Jakob Jakobsen is an artist, organizer and activist. He ran the Copenhagen Free University,
co-founded the artist run TV-station tvtv and has participated in exhibitions and projects all over the world.

ISBN 978-1-57027-232-5

Nebula Publishers, Copenhagen, nebulabooks.dk 

“For too long now books about the Situationist International have been blighted by a persistent blind spot.
Although often mentioned and just as summarily dismissed, the Scandinavian Situationists have been left to moulder away
in unexplored territory for far too long. Now, with the publication of Expect Anything Fear Nothing, the full story of
the Scandinavian Situationists can finally be told. And with this, the first full account of the fascinating characters
involved and the presentation of new research into their significant contribution to art and contestation, that particular
blind spot is about to become nothing more than a peculiarity of the past.”

-- Simon Ford, author of The Situationist International: A User’s Guide

“Join the partisans against oblivion. The North will rise again. Read about knots, and what's not, fashionable nonsense
and ostracized acumen, smelly herrings and Camembert. Not just in culinary terms, the Germanic and the French tribes battle
it out: farmers, self-deluders, underground heroes, ladies. Freedom is not for sale, but this book is. With pictures too.”

-- Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London

“The Situationist project was always much bigger than Paris. This book returns Jacqueline De Jong's Situationist Times
and the Scandinavian wing of the movement to their rightful place in the story. It is full of resources for the
ongoing challenge of contesting everything, everywhere.”

-- McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street

International Herbert Marcuse Society's
Book of the Month
February 2011

Critical Theory and Animal Liberation

John Sanbonmatsu, ed.

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010

"This book breaks new ground in both critical theory and the ethics debate surrounding the mistreatment and domination of animals by humans. An indispensable collection for anyone interested in these areas of social critique, these essays sketch a comprehensive alternative to the prevailing strands of neo-Marxist and liberal philosophies."
—David Ingram, Loyola University

Critical Theory and Animal Liberation is the first collection to approach our relationship with other animals from the critical or "left" tradition in political and social thought. Breaking with past treatments that have framed the problem as one of "animal rights," the authors instead depict the exploitation and killing of other animals as a political question of the first order. The contributions highlight connections between our everyday treatment of animals and other forms of social power, mass violence, and domination, from capitalism and patriarchy to genocide, fascism, and ecocide.

Contributors include well-known writers in the field as well as scholars in other areas writing on animals for the first time. Among other things, the authors apply Freud's theory of repression to our relationship to the animal, debunk the "Locavore" movement, expose the sexism of the animal defense movement, and point the way toward a new transformative politics that would encompass the human and animal alike.

List of Contributors
Carol Adams; Aaron Bell; Ted Benton; Susan Benston; Carl Boggs; Karen Davis; Josephine Donovan; Christina Gerhardt; Victoria Johnson; Renzo Llorente; Eduardo Mendieta; John Sorenson; Dennis Soron; Vasile Stanescu; Zipporah Weisberg

John Sanbonmatsu is associate professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of The Postmodern Prince.

  • Introduction

  • Part I. Commodity Fetishism and Structural Violence
    • Chapter 1. Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity
      Karen Davis
    • Chapter 2. Road Kill: Commodity Fetishism and Structural Violence
      Dennis Soron
    • Chapter 3. Corporate Power, Ecological Crisis, and Animal Rights
      Carl Boggs

  • Part II. Animals, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School
    • Chapter 4. Humanism = Speciesism?
      Ted Benton
    • Chapter 5. Reflections on the Prospects for a Non-Speciesist Marxism
      Renzo Llorente
    • Chapter 6. Thinking With: Animals in Schopenhauer, Horkheimer, and Adorno
      Christina Gerhardt
    • Chapter 7. Animal is to Kantianism as Jew Is to Fascism: Adorno's Bestiary
      Eduardo Mendieta

  • Part III. Speciesism and Ideologies of Domination
    • Chapter 8. Dialectic of Anthropocentrism
      Aaron Bell
    • Chapter 9. Animal Repression: Speciesism as Pathology
      Zipporah Weisberg
    • Chapter 10. Neuroscience (a Poem)
      Susan Benston
    • Chapter 11. Everyday Rituals of the Master Race: The Fascist Domination of "Animals"
      Victoria Johnson

  • Part IV. Problems in Praxis
    • Chapter 12. Constructing Extremists, Rejecting Compassion: Ideological Attacks on Animal Advocacy from Right and Left
      John Sorenson
    • Chapter 13. "Green" Eggs and Ham? The Myth of Sustainable Meat and the Danger of the Local
      Vasile Stanescu
    • Chapter 14. After MacKinnon: Sexual Inequality in the Animal Movement
      Carol Adams
    • Chapter 15. Sympathy and Interspecies Care: Toward a Unified Theory of Eco- and Animal Liberation
      Josephine Donovan

  • Index

  • International Herbert Marcuse Society

    Book of the Month
    January 2011

     Revolutionizing Education:

    Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion

    (Critical Youth Studies)    

    Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine, eds.

    "Many scholars have turned to the groundbreaking critical research methodology, Youth-Led Participatory Action Research
    as a way to address both the political challenges and inherent power imbalances of conducting research with young
    people. Revolutionizing Education makes an extraordinarily unique contribution to the literature on adolescents by offering
    a broad
    framework for understanding this research methodology. With an informative combination of theory and practice,
    this edited
    collection brings together student writings alongside those of major scholars in the field. While remaining sensitive
    to the methodological challenges of qualitative inquiry, Revolutionizing Education is the first definitive statement of YPAR as
    it relates
    to sites of education."

    New York: Routledge, 2008
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