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    The introduction provides the reader with an overview of the rationale, structure and contents of the book, which is includes a foreword by Arturo Escobar, 15 central chapters, and an afterword by Davina Cooper. The introduction begins by outlining the origins and usefulness of prefigurative politics today and then highlights some of the recurring themes connecting the chapters, including: the relationship between prefigurative politics, state bodies and capitalism; the transformative mechanism of ‘erosion from within’, typical of prefiguration; the challenges of assessing prefigurative initiatives’ capacity to bring progressive social change; the critiques pointing at prefiguration’s exclusionary and insular character; and the need to decolonize the epistemological lenses through which scholars are studying prefigurative politics. Following a brief summary of the 15 chapters, the introduction closes by underlining the vibrancy and interdisciplinarity of this field of research, which is set to keep growing given the necessity to envision more just and sustainable futures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Future Is Now : An Introduction to Prefigurative Politics
    EditorsLara Monticelli
    Place of PublicationBristol
    PublisherBristol University Press
    Publication date20 Sept 2022
    ISBN (Print)9781529215656
    ISBN (Electronic)9781529215670, 9781529215687
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2022
    SeriesAlternatives to Capitalism in the 21st Century


    • Prefigurative politics
    • Prefiguration
    • COVID-19
    • Pandemic
    • Diverse economy
    • Transformationq
    • Social change
    • Interdiciplinarity

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