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Quiet No More

New Political Activism in Canada and Around the Globe

Spontaneous and creative protest movements have burst onto the political stage in Canada and around the world. Joel D. Harden, an activist, writer, and educator, offers a ground-level account of the most important of these recent expressions of large-scale political engagement, mostly by young people. Based on first-hand accounts from many of the participants and organizers, Harden describes key events and turning-points — in Canada and beyond — from the viewpoint of a committed insider.

Harden believes that these new bottom-up movements are the most challenging and effective agent of political change on the scene today, galvanizing people to express their views actively in the streets and parks or in their workplaces. The political and corporate power structure has been shaken by these challenges, sometimes enough to generate real political change.

Political analysts, journalists and academics have not yet come to terms with this new activism. Harden briefly reviews theories that fail to capture its essence and those that come close to getting it. In a concluding chapter addressed to students and participants in these social movements he offers his own take on a "movement-relevant" theory informed by his own considerable experience as a widely respected Canadian activist.

This book offers new thinking about how ordinary citizens — particularly young people — have started to take back power in our democracy and change the world.


Joel D. Harden

JOEL D. HARDEN works as a social justice consultant in Ottawa and currently teaches at Carleton University in the Department of Law and Legal Studies. During his term as Adjunct Professor at Brock University he served as union liaison for its Centre for Labour Studies. He is an advisory board member for Our Times Magazine and has written numerous academic and general articles. He lives in Ottawa.

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Outlines the authors history of Activism and how he came to the point of writing this book. His qualifications on the subject and the focus of the book 7 $0.70


Gives a short introduction to the definition and development of Grassroots Activisim and the way it challenges Neoliberalism 7 $0.70


chapter one surveys grassroots activism largely within the territorial boundaries of Mexico, Canada, and the United States (what Aboriginal activists call “Turtle Island”). Looks also … 28 $2.80


Chapter two analyzes the role of grassroots movements in recent years and their common role as cogs that turn larger wheels (e.g., large progressive groups and institutions of mainstream … 44 $4.40


Chapter three then studies the impact of grassroots activism in trade unions. Following a review of the debate on the “crisis” in working class politics, I bring in examples to … 48 $4.80


Chapter four surveys the relationship between progressive political parties and grassroots activism; a case is made that a grassroots influence in electoral politics is emerging, but one … 46 $4.60


Chapter five then identifies the strengths and weakness of the existing literature on progressive activism, and proposes a new approach that grasps the place, ideas, and organization of … 27 $2.70


Chapter six provides this book with the conclusion that brings together the insights of previous chapters. Above all, I argue that activists are faced with two important tasks: first, to embrace … 25 $2.50