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AK Thompson

"At their best, premonitions alert us to the unresolved history contained within the smallest of fragments. The distress that such attentiveness yields makes sense; it corresponds to the developmental outcomes demanded by the neurotic course on which we're set. Such outcomes are not inevitable, however, and Premonitions may yet suggest another path."


We spoke with AK Thompson about his recent book, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt. Our conversation touched on subjects as wide-ranging as Occupy Wall Street and decolonization to prefigurative politics and James Cameron's Avatar.


AK Thompson is an activist, author, and social theorist. A professor of social movements and social change at Ithaca College, his publications include Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research (2006), Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010), Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016), and Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (2017).


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