Carving out new politics of hope for 2019
A manifesto for change is inspiring a new generation around the world to think differently about politics.
Article written by Andrew Dune, Press Office, University of Bath
“We’ve been told we can’t do anything about anything and this has created hopelessness, but hopelessness is socially constructed. For me, the art of organising hope is about rejecting hopelessness and searching out new potentials for all of us.”
I am an open Marxist and a critical theorist and my method of enquiry combines a critique of political economy with the philosophy of hope, politics, critical feminism, political sociology and decolonial approaches. My research is transdisciplinary and international. I am unhappy with conventional theories that are failing societies to flourish. I have published five books which opened new interdisciplinary areas of critical research: the global politics of hope, hope movements, the prefigurative critique of political economy, social reproduction and utopia. I am dedicated to theoretical innovation that has significant policy implications. At the centre of my research is the analysis of the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. I explore how their ‘concrete utopias’, i.e. the innovative forms of production and social reproduction that they are bringing about contest patriarchal, colonial and capitalist powers, how they are ‘translated’ by the state into the law and policy, and how they can move beyond the limits imposed to human flourishing by such powers, at a time when alternatives are urgently needed.
I supervise PhD students and mentor post docs working on:
Global political economy, class, work and crisis
Urban, rural and indigenous movements in Latin America and the Global South
Social and solidarity economy
Alternative forms of social reproduction
The commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
Marxism and critical theory
Social reproduction feminism
Political philosophy and epistemology surrounding social emancipation