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A Nuclear Refrain

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ISBN: 9781950192618 9781950192625 Year: Pages: 146 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0271.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Sociology
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"A Nuclear Refrain is a spatial fiction that critiques the 
policy of nuclear deterrence, the concept of Mutually Assured 
Destruction, and the UK’s decision to replace its Vanguard submarines, 
so-called Trident replacement. We challenge that decision via extending 
our geographical imaginations into the past, present, and future. Noting
 the more usual economic, moral, and strategic objections to Trident and
 its replacement, A Nuclear Refrain considers the issues from 
less familiar perspectives: the emotional and embodied, empire and the 
establishment, and the impact on democratic potentialities.
Set against the authors’ ongoing participation in extensive public 
protests against the UK’s decision to replace Trident in 2016, A Nuclear Refrain
 disrupts familiar academic and policy forms of writing. It is “an 
uncomfortable hybrid between academia and fiction,” intent on 
discomfiting the reader to spur the radical reimagining of a world 
profoundly shaped by the threat of nuclear weapons. Inspired by author 
and social critic Charles Dickens, this book draws on the form of A Christmas Carol.
 Transported by “ghosts” of the nuclear past, present and future, a 
pro-Trident British policy maker, the Right Honourable Roger C. 
Bezeeneos, has his perceptions sorely challenged. But will Roger allow 
his feelings to influence his decision-making? Will he recognize the 
yearning for empire-lost that mobilizes the British establishment? And 
will he admit the limiting of political participation that a commitment 
to nuclear deterrence determines? It’s your call, Roger."

Antiracism Inc.

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ISBN: 9781950192236 9781950192243 Year: Pages: 382 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0250.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Sociology
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"Antiracism Inc. traces the ways people along the political spectrum appropriate, incorporate, and neutralize antiracist discourses to perpetuate injustice. It also examines the ways organizers continue to struggle for racial justice in the context of such appropriations. Antiracism Inc. reveals how antiracist claims can be used to propagate racism, and what we can do about it.

While related to colorblind, multicultural, and diversity discourses, the appropriation of antiracist rhetoric as a strategy for advancing neoliberal and neoconservative agendas is a unique phenomenon that requires careful interrogation and analysis. Those who co-opt antiracist language and practice do not necessarily deny racial difference, biases, or inequalities. Instead, by performing themselves conservatively as non-racists or liberally as ‘authentic’ antiracists, they purport to be aligned with racial justice even while advancing the logics and practices of systemic racism.

Antiracism Inc. therefore considers new ways of struggling toward racial justice in a world that constantly steals and misuses radical ideas and practices. The collection focuses on people and methods that do not seek inclusion in the hierarchical order of gendered racial capitalism. Rather, the collection focuses on aggrieved peoples who have always had to negotiate state violence and cultural erasure, but who work to build the worlds they envision. These collectivities seek to transform social structures and establish a new social warrant guided by what W.E.B. Du Bois called “abolition democracy,” a way of being and thinking that privileges people, mutual interdependence, and ecological harmony over individualist self-aggrandizement and profits. These aggrieved collectivities reshape social relations away from the violence and alienation inherent to gendered racial capitalism, and towards the well-being of the commons. Antiracism Inc. articulates methodologies that strive toward freedom dreams without imposing monolithic or authoritative definitions of resistance. Because power seeks to neutralize revolutionary action through incorporation as much as elimination, these freedom dreams, as well as the language used to articulate them, are constantly transformed through the critical and creative interventions stemming from the active engagement in liberation struggles."

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