Beyond Crisis: After the Collapse of Institutional Hope in Greece, What?

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Edited by John Holloway, Katerina Nasioka, and Panagiotis Doulos

PM Press

2/15/2020, paperback

SKU: 9781629635156


The anarchist or autonomist movement in Greece has been one of the strongest in the world yet it has failed to have a significant impact. Is there nothing beyond the world of capitalist destruction or can we still see some possibility for radical hope? The essays in this collection reflect on the experience of the crisis in Greece and its political implications for the whole world. They do not point a way forward but seek to open windows in the darkening sky of apparent impossibility.


"Beyond Crisis does not look on the bright side. It looks straight into the eye of the storm and unfolds the hopelessness of conventional left politics in Greece and how it became part of the unfolding cycle of state violence and austerity. And it unfolds the community of hope, its courage of resistance and negativity, that has come to fore in Greece, and elsewhere too, as the direct democracy of a society of the free and equal." --Werner Bonefeld, professor of politics, University of York, England

"With Jeremy Corbyn calling for a 'new way of doing politics' and offering hope to millions, the publication of this book about Greece's erstwhile 'Government of Hope' is timely. The questions it asks are essential. How does rage, hope and optimism turn into to despair and depression? Why can't the institutional Left break through the 'Wall of Reality'? And, if not Syriza, Podemos or Corbyn's Labour, then what?" --David Harvie, The Free Association

"Beyond Crisis is a beautiful and unusually rewarding book. This extraordinary collection of essays combines theory with passion and impresses by its sweep and scope. Bursting with ideas and observations, with an ear for lyrical phrases, this highly original account of social struggles in Greece offers a fresh perspective on capitalism, resistance and dignified life beyond crisis." --Andrej Grubacic, coauthor, Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

"This book shows that the Greek crisis is testament of the impossibility of capital as a form of human society. Radical hope exists not in the abstract utopia of the party, but in the concrete utopias at the grassroots." --Ana Dinerstein, author, The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope

"This is not just one more book on the past, present and/or future dark aspects of economic crisis in Greece. It is not an analysis of 'impossibility, ' but rather a courageous and challenging voice talking about something which is rarely mentioned in the political, economic, sociological, and anthropological discourses about crisis: hope!" --Diana Riboli, professor, sociology, Panteion University, Athens

About the editors:
John Holloway is a professor of sociology whose book, Change the World without Taking Power, has been translated into 11 languages.

Katerina Nasioka is the coauthor of the book Gender and Journalism in Greece and author of the book Ciudades en Insurrección.

Panagiotis Doulos is a Phd candidate of Sociology based in Mexico.