A new book entitled Self-Determination Struggles: In Pursuit of the Democratic Confederalist Ideal by Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley is set to be published by Black Rose Books in April 2023. Below is included the summary and table of contents of the book, as well as a link to pre-order a copy of the book.
The past century has been rife with examples of the struggle for self-determination. The end of World War I and II, and the movement for decolonization and nationalism saw the re-imagining of physical borders and the creation of new independent states. Countries in Europe, South America, the Middle East and beyond would witness growing support for independence, from an internal or external power. The Palestinian Liberation Movement and the Kurdish Freedom Movement are examples of enduring struggles for self-determination.
Writing in Self-Determination Struggles, Thomas Jeffrey Miley discusses the meaning and theory of self-determination and its relationship with the nation and democracy; “…the principle of self-determination has been transformed on multiple occasions over the course of the last two centuries. It remains a malleable and multi-valent concept, even as it has been increasingly codified in international law. And so, inevitably, part of the struggle for self-determination in the twenty-first century entails the struggle to frame what the principle itself even means.”
Please note that Self-Determination Struggles will be launched and available for purchase at Housmans Bookshop on April 19th at 5:30 pm where the author will be speaking. It will also be available at the London Book Fair at Olympia between April 18-20 at Stand 3B89.
Thomas Jeffrey Miley
Thomas Jeffrey Miley
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A thorough contemporary discussion of the meaning and theory of self-determination.
Self-determination is a concept as indispensable as it is contentious. This volume examines the theory and meaning of self-determination today through an exploration of the work of figures such as Rosa Luxembourg, Frantz Fanon, and Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Leaving no stone unturned, Self-Determination Struggles not only includes radical political movements and thinkers, but makes them the core of its investigations, presenting them in granular, revealing detail rare to find elsewhere.
Thomas Jeffrey Miley is a lecturer of political sociology at the University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
Part One: Self-Determination and the Nation
Chapter 1: The Nation as Hegemonic Project
Chapter 2: Nationalist Ideology and the State – Co-authored with Dr. Enric Martínez-Herrera
Chapter 3: Towards a New Internationalism
Chapter 4: Rosa Luxemburg’s Living Legacy
Chapter 5: 1917 on the Brain
Chapter 6: Anticolonial, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Critiques and Creative Appropriations of Self-Determination: From Fanon to Öcalan
Part Two: Self-Determination and Democracy
Chapter 7: Representative Democracy and the Democratic Confederal Project: Reflections on the Transformation of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey – Co-authored with Luqman Guldive
Chapter 8: Reflections on Revolution, the Spiral of Violence, and the Legitimacy of Self-Defense
Chapter 9: Revolutionary Consciousness beyond Militant Secularism
Chapter 10: Murray Bookchin and Democratic Theory
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