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Maple Razsa (ed.): Bastards of Utopia, Living Radical Politics after Socialism, 2015, 312pp. ISBN: 9780253015860

Bastards of Utopia, the companion to a feature documentary film of the same name, explores the experiences and political imagination of young radical activists in the former Yugoslavia, participants in what they call alterglobalization or “globalization from below.” Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching—an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country’s youth.

Table of contents


1. Grassroots Globalization in National Soil

2. Uncivil Society: NGOs, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Limits of Polite Protest

3. “Feeling the State on Your Own Skin”: Direct Confrontation and the Production of Militant Subjects

4. “Struggling For What Is Not Yet”: The Right to the City in Zagreb

5. The Occupy Movement: Direct Democracy and a Politics of Becoming

Conclusion: From Critique to Affirmation

Author Bio

Maple Razsa is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. A documentary filmmaker, his work includes Bastards of Utopia (2010) and Occupation: A Film about the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In (2002; both with Pacho Velez).

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