Green Syndicalism: an alternative red/green vision

A new book! Just released from Syracuse University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8156-3307-5 (6X9, 280pgs. notes, Bibliography | Index) From the pre-published proofs, here is a PDF with the full Table of Contents, Preface & Acknowledgements. About the book:

It is widely understood that the burdens of ecological destruction are borne disproportionately by working-class and poor communities, both through illness and disease caused by pollutants and through the depletion of natural resources from which they make a living. Yet, consistently, the voices of the working class are the most marginalized, excluded, and silenced when discussing how to address ecological concerns and protect the environment from future destruction. Both mainstream environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and radical environmentalists, such as EarthFirst!, are reluctant to engage with working-class and poor communities, often viewing blue-collar workers as responsible for the destruction these groups are trying to prevent. In Green Syndicalism, Shantz issues a call to action to the environmental movement and labor activists, particularly rank and file workers, to join forces in a common struggle to protect the environment from capitalism, corporate greed, and the extraction of resources. He argues for a major transformation to address the "jobs versus the environment" rhetoric that divides these two groups along lines of race and class. Combining practical initiatives and theoretical perspectives, Shantz

Protest and Punishment: The Repression of Resistance in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization

Just released! From Carolina Academic Press: a sharp collection of essays analyzing police and state repression of demonstrations in neo-liberal democracies

[ 1-pg Info Sheet ] 294 pages | Paperback |

Index ISBN: 9781611630886 LCCN: 2011052597

List of Contributors

APA Citation: Shantz, J. (2012). Protest and punishment: The repression of resistance in the era of neoliberal globalization. Durham, N.C: Carolina Academic Press.

Table of Contents

Protest and Punishment: An Introduction (Jeff Shantz)

Criminalizing Dissent in Liberal Democracies: An Overview [[...click for 'more' ToC...]]

Anarchist Pedagogies - Collective Actions, Theories and Critical Reflections on Education

Jeff's got two different chapters in this new ANARCHIST PEDAGOGIES book, just released from PM Press. In the 2nd section, "...In the Here & Now", his chapter 7 is on "Spaces of Learning: The Anarchist Free Skool" (history on the early days of this Toronto experiment) and he's also written chapter 9, "Learning to Win: Anarchist Infrastructures of Resistance", on alternative approaches to education in a blue-collar working class community context.

Crime, Punishment, Power: Sociological Explanations

NOW AVAILABLE from Kendall Hunt Publishing,
a sociological explanations of crime textbook...

ISBN: 978-0-7575-9791-6
[for further previews/pdf's contact the author, above.]

Radical Ecology & Class Struggle, a reconsideration

This was an essay from several years back, which was laid out in a short zine format by Zabalaza Books, in South Africa. Below, find an 'ebook preview' of a longer version with full bibliographical references, as published in Critical Sociology, Vol.30, Issue 3, 2004.

Black Blocs in Theory and Practice

[NB. This PDF is an earlier draft version of Chapter 2 in Jeff's book "Active Anarchy", which, although recently published, was actually written several years ago ~ 2003. We are re-posting it here now given the recent firestorm of debate over the bloc tactic.

The text is laid out in book format in the PDF attachment here. You can find the in-text citations in the Active Anarchy bibliography as well as end notes here. ]

Chapter 2
Black Blocs in Theory and Action

While sociologists have paid little attention to such unruly movements, criminologists have recently shown some interest in taking anarchism seriously as politics.

Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests

A solid, insightful collection of essays about the G20 battle in Toronto has just been released from Between the Lines Press: Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest, editors: Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth [Table of Contents]

Jeff wrote chapter 6: Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities. Look for a Kwantlen Launch party/fundraiser for defendants early in the new year.

Capital Offences: Excusing Suite Crimes and Elite Deviance

With the Conservative government in Canada pushing its omnibus crime bill which targets street crimes of the working classes for harsher punishment it is critical to address the more serious suite crimes carried out by economic and political elites which are not only routinely overlooked but actually supported by the same governments that prattle on about “public safety.” Perpetrators of corporate deviance, who profit from unsafe working conditions for their employees, the release of dangerous toxins into the air and water, the sale of faulty products and fraudulent business practices among other acts, present ongoing economic, social and physical threats. Yet those responsible for such activities rarely appear in the media or court records. They receive far less attention than deviant youth whose actions may be much less harmful.

Defining an Anarchist-Sociology: A Long Anticipated Marriage

New issue of the journal Theory in Action available today, includes this article by Dana M. Williams and Jeff Shantz...

ABSTRACT: There is no established intellectual tradition of an “anarchist- sociology”—yet. A vibrant synthesis of anarchism and sociology has yet to be generated, whether that synthesis would be mere subject matter or a subfield within Sociology, or if it were an established ideology or theoretical tradition. Here, we compare these two distinct traditions, with an eye towards potential overlap. A definition for anarchist-sociology rooted in praxis—a critique of society and a transformative vision of societies—is created. As anarchism has a strong—yet unfocused—sociological theme already, we focus on anarchizing the discipline of Sociology in-line with core anarchist values, namely freedom, anti-authoritarianism, direct action, mutual aid, and decentralization.

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