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What is the meaning of 1968, a year which figures large in the social imaginary? This volume brings together leading social theorists as well as promising younger scholars to examine the phenomenon of '1968' from a number of innovative perspectives, including situating 1968 in global context. The first section includes chapters by leading scholars who were witness to the events, reflecting on untold narratives of race, gender and sexuality as well as weaving their own personal stories into the analysis. The second section critically addresses the standard theoretical concepts and assumptions of 1968. The final section examines 'other voices', examining the struggles of African students, immigrants in France, transgender peoples, and provides a critique of the notion of 'other voices'. The volume also explores if and when 1968 'ended'.


Description

What is the meaning of 1968, a year which figures large in the social imaginary? This volume brings together leading social theorists as well as promising younger scholars to examine the phenomenon of '1968' from a number of innovative perspectives, including situating 1968 in global context. The first section includes chapters by leading scholars who were witness to the events, reflecting on untold narratives of race, gender and sexuality as well as weaving their own personal stories into the analysis. The second section critically addresses the standard theoretical concepts and assumptions of 1968. The final section examines 'other voices', examining the struggles of African students, immigrants in France, transgender peoples, and provides a critique of the notion of 'other voices'. The volume also explores if and when 1968 'ended'.


Reviews

'it is best described as a set of reflections on the intellectual consequences of the events of that year. Social movement scholars are thus just as likely to find nuggets of insight on particular theoretical and intellectual questions as any other reader.'
- Social Movement Studies


Contents


Introduction: 1968 in Retrospect; G.K.Bhambra & I.Demir
PART I: RETHINKING HISTORICAL NARRATIVES
Freedom Now: 1968 as a Turning Point for Black American Student Activism; P.Hill Collins
She's Leaving Home! Repositioning Women in the Narratives of the Sixties; L.Segal
Outsiders, Deviants and Countercultures: Subterranean Tribes and Queer Imaginations in 1968; K.Plummer
PART II: THEORETICAL ENGAGEMENTS
From 1968 to 1951: How Habermas Turned Marx into Parsons; J.Holmwood
Critical Theory and Crisis Diagnosis: The Reconciliation of Reason and Revolution after 1968; T.Skillington
On Totalitarianism: The Continuing Relevance of Herbert Marcuse; S.Hornstein
Everyone Longs for a Master: Lacan and 1968; S.Frosh
PART III: OTHER VOICES
May 1968 and the Postcolonial Immigrant in France: Mobilisation, Encounter, Difference; M.A.Bracke
Turning to Africa: Politics and Student Resistance in Africa since 1968; L.Zeilig
Riding the Waves: Feminism, Lesbian and Gay Politics, and the Transgender Debates; S.Hines
On the Limits of our Political Imagination? Interrogating 'the Other'; M.Panu
Conclusion: When did 1968 End?; W.Outhwaite


Authors

GURMINDER K. BHAMBRA is Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick, UK. She is author of Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination, which won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in Sociology, and co-editor (with Robbie Shilliam) of Silencing Human Rights: Critical Engagements with a Contested Project.

IPEK DEMIR is Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Leicester, UK. Her work draws on social theory, political philosophy and science studies. Her publications include Incommensurabilities in the Work of Thomas Kuhn, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2008 (39) and Thomas Kuhn's Construction of Scientific Communities in Returning (to) Communities: Theory, Culture and Political Practice of the Communal, edited by S. Herbrechter and M.T. Higgins.