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Summer of Unrest: Kettled Youth: The Battle Against the Neoliberal Endgame [Kindle Edition]

Dan Hancox
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Book Description

"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains." - Rosa Luxemburg

In this considered and polemical piece, Dan Hancox examines a world in which our fates are no longer governed by elected representatives with shirts and ties, but abstract finance. Where the problem is not so much false consciousness as blurred consciousness. He examines the 'spectacle of capitalism' that has stymied political activism for so long and how the closing months of 2010 saw a surge in rage that continues as the youth of Britain is waking up from its malaise in the face of provocation and the cuts programme.

Beginning in the stifling kettle on Westminster Bridge, Hancox weaves on-the-ground reportage with political theory to describe and explain the growth of movements like UK Uncut, the University for Strategic Optimism and other actions to create a better society. An anthem for kettled youth, this ebook is a stake in the ground signalling the rebirth of the curiosity of a generation breaking free of its shackles.

BRAIN SHOTS is the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form digital non-fiction. The Summer of Unrest series brings together stellar writers to explore the issues surrounding the austerity measures in the UK, uprisings in the Middle East and the nature of the protest movements springing up all over the world.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 194 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (28 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E87HA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Daily Mail readers 21 Feb. 2012
Contra the previous reviewer, I'd say that Dan Hancox's short and digestible polemic would be the perfect eye-opener for your average daily mail subscriber. Let's face it, it's one of the most authentic expressions of the ideology, energy, and wit of the so-called post-political generation. Having read it I feel thoroughly scoured of the dross excreted by the majority of our media over the period of the fees protests, the TUC march, the EMA protests. Get it for your Gran this Easter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well timed argument 13 Aug. 2013
By Kermit
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A wake up call for the cynics. The thought that our youth, with our support, can win the battle against non-elect and corrupt politicians - what a beautiful concept. One to quote from!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, yet timely 15 Aug. 2011
By Max
Definitely not for Daily Mail readers, this is a political book, by a member of the protest movement 'UK Uncut' who seems convinced social revolution is nigh. The author is clearly a professional protestor with plenty of "previous", and is quite indignant about the Police who it seems are not fans of protest marches. I read this just days before the London riots, which served to highlight why the police might feel this way.

In general I agree that young people, now especially, have legitimite reason to feel aggrieved about their life prospects, and understand how tactics such as kettling simply feel like attempts to silence their voices of protest. This comes across well in the book. However, I disagree that violence is the answer, and hence insights like "The smashing of glass in Millbank Tower marked the first shattering of capitalist realism and the forging of a new mind-phase..." undermine the reasoning, and make the entire argument less than compelling for me.

But - I guess I can agree to disagree, and aside from that it was a fairly easy and enjoyable read, and eloquently written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well and passionately written. 8 Feb. 2015
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Shows an insiders view of the British student protests from the Great Recession. Valuable perspective for anyone trying to understand the political realities in modern post crash era.
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