Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity – now out from Zed Books and Fernwood Publishing


We’re pleased to announce that Zed Books (London and New York) and Fernwood Publishing (Halifax and Winnipeg) has published our book The Radical Imagination: Social Movements Research in the Age of Austerity.

Click here for more details and to order: http://radicalimagination.org/book



I deserted the academy for activism over 10 years ago, but this book reminds me that there are some scholars who really do radicalise their research processes so that the university once again becomes a tool of post capitalist struggle rather than a feather in the neoliberal crown. A timely reminder for scholars to get their hands dirty, immerse themselves in radical movements and write for change rather than academic careers.’

John Jordan, artist, activist and co-founder of the direct action protest movement ‘Reclaim the Streets’.


‘For Haiven and Khasnabish the ‘Radical Imagination’ is the most important tool of resistance to neoliberal capitalism. Drawing on a breathtaking range of examples, they urge us to learn from and understand the knowledge produced within radical political movements. This impressive book is a must-read for those committed to radical social change and concerned with producing alternate worlds.’
Imogen Tyler, Senior Lecturer of Sociology, Lancaster University and author of Revolting Subjects


‘The Radical Imagination offers astute insights into the ways capitalism and crisis constrain our social and political imaginaries. This is a compelling book, highly readable and full of possibility. A welcome contribution to the kinds of engaged research needed right now.’
Emma Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University


‘Theoretically sophisticated and politically grounded, the Radical Imagination challenges us to think beyond the limits of both contemporary social movement organizing and scholarship.’
Lesley Wood, Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University


‘This book is an important and thought-provoking tool for activists and scholars. It is a sort of dialogical manual, bringing the reader into a conversation on what the radical imagination is and can be. While questioning, the authors suggest alternative ways of thinking about important issues, such as the meaning of success, failure, research and methodology – all from below, and grounded in the thoughts and experiences of others involved in movements.’
Marina Sitrin, author of ‘They Can’t Represent Us!’ and ‘Everyday Revolutions’


‘The Radical Imagination is a fantastic resource for both social movements and the scholars who study them. It insists that social transformation requires research and that the process of research should itself be transformative. It crackles with new ideas and innovative approaches while asking that most important of questions: what would it mean for social movements to win?’
Keir Milburn Lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation, University of Leicester, and co/author of Moments of Excess: Movements, Protests and Everyday Life.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Importance of the Radical Imagination in Dark Times
Part One: Solidarity Research
1.1 The Methods of Movements: Academic Crisis and Activist Strategy
1.2 Convoking the Radical Imagination
Part Two: Dwelling in the Hiatus
2.1 The Crisis of Reproduction
2.2 Reimagining Success and Failure
Part Three: Making Space, Making Time
3.1 The Life and Times of Radical Movements
3.2 The Temporalities of Oppression
Part Four: The Methods of Movements
4.1 Imagination, Strategy, and Tactics
4.2 Towards a Prefigurative Methodology