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Tackling environmental injustice in a post-truth age
Thom Davies and Alice Mah

expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. We emphasize the enduring legacies of environmental justice activism and participatory citizen science, while also drawing attention to emerging struggles and strategies. Together, these interdisciplinary contributions ask critical questions about how to overcome widening environmental inequality around the world, pushing the analytical boundaries of existing concepts and practices within the environmental justice movement. By examining the enduring salience of expertise in everyday life

in Toxic truths
The Indian experience
Shirin M. Rai

social service for the disabled or underprivileged, to more conventional political activism, has been described as ‘women’s role in public life’ and somehow in tune with their maternal character. Historically, women have been mobilized in political movements and by political parties in India. While women have provided legitimacy to these movements and organizations, their own gains have been less obvious. The number of women, for example, that have actually been able to participate in public life has been extremely limited. Gender has not been the only variable

in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?
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Rethinking anarchist strategies
James Bowen

political ‘blueprints’ of the future. This has been fine in the goldfish bowl of ‘official’ anarchist groups and networks, but is not necessarily applicable to the kind of popular alliance politics or community activism within which much contemporary anarchist action takes place. This is particularly important when remembering that people bring different skills and expectations to all political situations and many are ill-equipped to deal with having another set of alienating procedures foisted upon them (a mistake parties of the revolutionary Left repeatedly make). In

in Changing anarchism
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Strategic actions of an environmental organization in China
Xinhong Wang and Yuanni Wang

representatives of the public interest, environmental organizations have also formed a crucial bridge for public participation in environmental matters in China (Yang 2005). However, differing from most civil society organizations in the Western world which can freely participate in street protests and political demonstrations, organizations in China have to restrain their actions within government tolerable limits. In China, environmental organizations have generally chosen to act in a form of “embedded activism” (Ho 2007) in the semi-­authoritarian context, facing mixed

in Toxic truths
John Narayan

democracy at home would be key to forging and encouraging democracy abroad. This is an approach where publics approach the global, including transnational activism, in the space of nation states and the resources and opportunities of that national context (Tarrow 2005: 42). This would entail citizens not only creating transnational New Lessons from the Old Professor 113 publics but also seeing their nation state’s role in the world not just as a form of moral charity but as a form of political responsibility. This form of political responsibility would include an

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The Actresses’ Franchise League from 1914 to 1928
Naomi Paxton

5 ‘Very much alive and kicking’ The Actresses’ Franchise League from 1914 to 1928 Naomi Paxton During the years between the outbreak of the First World War and the passing of the Equal Franchise Bill, the Actresses’ Franchise League (AFL) continued to open up new opportunities for actresses and female theatre professionals to become involved in political and feminist activism by extending its work as an organisation across a diverse portfolio of social, political and philanthropic projects. Although they could not have known it, the commencement of the First

in Stage women, 1900–50
South Africa in the post-imperial metropole
Laura Chrisman

British Commonwealth. In many senses, it stood as a disgraced family member, formally excluded in 1961. To add to the complexity, London became a nexus of anti-apartheid activism: it provided the headquarters of the exiled African National Congress. Many South African academics moved to London, taking up chapter6 21/12/04 11:17 am Page 109 Transnational productions of Englishness 109 residence in the School of Oriental and African Studies, and several of South Africa’s progressive intellectuals, including Roger van Zwanenburg and Ros de Lanarolle, left South

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Gurharpal Singh

citizen activism – in local movements against corruption in the disbursement of development funds, and increasing demands to audit government programmes. These movements have increasingly international sponsorships, and some have been quite successful in influencing policies at the local level. The growing culture of democratic accountability, more than anything, is likely to provide the firm bedrock for a systemic transformation of governance from below in South Asian states. Fourth, the strength of ‘democratization from below’ in some ways can be attributed to the

in Democratization through the looking-glass
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Religion and spirituality in environmental direct action
Bronislaw Szerszynski and Emma Tomalin

. Clearly, despite the widely shared critique of Western ‘religion’ within the movement, there are differences over the relevance of explicit ‘spirituality’ to political activism. Nevertheless, as we argue below, even the more apparently ‘secular’ wing of the direct action movement is amenable to analysis in religious terms. For both the spiritual and the non-spiritual within the movement, a critique of Western religions of transcendence frequently accompanies a strongly felt identification with cultures considered to exemplify holistic and environmentally friendly

in Changing anarchism
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Enthusiasm and audit
David Herd

Afterword: enthusiasm and audit This book has been about the transmission of literature. It has shown various writers taking responsibility for that transmission, whether within their writing or in their cultural activism. The word for both kinds of action has been enthusiasm. Enthusiasm, it has been argued, is integral to what Modern American literature, in particular, knows; enthusiasm being, as each of the writers discussed here has one way or another understood it, the state of mind in which composition is possible. It is also integral to the circulation of

in Enthusiast!