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Political Science Essays


The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth

by (author) Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen & James Davis

Between the Lines
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Oct 2012
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Our world is reeling from dire economic crises and ecological disasters. Visions of the apocalypse and impending doom abound. Governments warn that no alternative exists to taking the bitter medicine they prescribe.

Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse–on the left and right, in the environmental movement, and from capital and the state–and examines why the lens of catastrophe distorts ourunderstanding of the dynamics at the heart of numerous disasters and fatally impedes our ability to transform the world. The authors challenge the belief that it is only out of the ashes that a better society may be born.

About the authors


Sasha Lilley hosts Against the Grain and is the author of Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult.


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David McNally, formerly Professor of Political Science at York University, is the Cullen Distinguished Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston (UH) and Director of the Center for the Study of Capitalism. He is the author of Global Slump, Monsters of the Market, as well as six other books.


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Eddie Yuen teaches urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and is co-editor of Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement.


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James R. Davis served with Canada’s Armed Forces from 1985 to 1996, including active duty in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He was a member of the First and Third Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment, was attached to the First Battalion of the Vandoos and served with 3 Commando, The Canadian Airborne Regiment (latterly, The Light Infantry Battalion). He is currently active in the international security industry. He wrote about his experiences as a United Nations peacekeeper in Africa and the former Yugoslavia in his first book, The Sharp End: A Canadian Soldier's Story.

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Editorial Reviews

Accessibly written and rich in analysis, this volume has much to offer any student of contemporary politics.

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