Item description for The Political Edge by Chris Carlsson...
In the wake of the astonishing popular mobilization on behalf of an underdog campaign to elect Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez mayor of San Francisco, The Political Edge analyzes emergent political energies, where they came from and where they're going. Rarely have contemporary radicals joined forces with cultural rebels and neighborhood activists in an effort to change almost everything about the governance of a city. Cultural and political trends erupt in San Francisco, a city that thrives on dissent and new ideas. With wit and cogency, this book reveals the new dynamics that will reshape urban politics nationwide.
Chris Carlsson is an urban historian who has written and edited Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration, Bad Attitude: Processed World Reader and Reclaiming San Francisco.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher City Lights Foundation Books
ISBN 1931404054 ISBN13 9781931404051
Availability 0 units.
More About Chris Carlsson
Chris Carlsson is a writer, editor, and historian. Among others, he is the author of Nowtopia (AK Press) and the editor of The Political Edge (City Lights), Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration (AK Press), and Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78 (City Lights).
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Matt Gonzalez and beyond! Jul 23, 2006
This book is a colorful account of the various cultural and political dynamics behind the popular mobilization in San Francisco to elect Green Party underdog Matt Gonzalez for mayor. While I'm generally not so interested in electoral politics, I nevertheless found this book to be extremely fascinating and thought-provoking, highlighting the many possibilities and limitations of the electoral process. It also provides a good warning of what the progressive left is up against, not only from the far right but from the Democratic party. Included are some excellent essays about Gay Shame, Punks Against War, Critical Mass and local efforts to stop gentrification. The essays by Michelle Tea and Mattilda Bernstein were especially fun. Overall, this book is a wonderful introduction to the future of urban politics in this country.