In May 2012, Ingrid Hoofd published her book titled “Ambiguities of Activism: Alter-Globalism and the Imperatives of Speed” with Routledge. The Routledge website describes the book as providing an in-depth analysis of the paradoxes that are brought about by the mobilization of problematic discourses and divides to address issues of gendered, raced, and classed oppressions worldwide. In the book, Ingrid specifically draws our attention to the ways in which the discourses of speed and transcendence intensify global hierarchies. A review by Mark Featherstone notes:
“Hoofd’s book presents an essential critique and anti-dote to the utopian activism of the contemporary anti-capitalist leftists, such as Hardt and Negri, and shows how the ideas and practices of anti-capitalism may be complicit in the neo-liberalism of the speed elite.”
I am looking forward to reading this book as it hopes to provide key insights regarding the tensions, struggles and contestations implicit in contemporary global activist movements, especially as they relate to the utilization of the new media in a politics of social change.
The book is available from Amazon. Congratulations Ingrid on this fantastic achievement!!