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The long revolution in the global age

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Abstract:

Revisits the long revolution in a spirit of critical optimism. Argues that Raymond Williams's basic conception of a long process of democratic progress that began in the period of the industrial revolution remains an important mobilising idea and myth - a way of offering a carefully constructed narrative out of the many other possible ways of reading history. Setbacks on this road to emancipation should lead not to giving up on the battle, but to renewed efforts to rekindle the spirit of democracy. Williams's emphasis on the voice of ordinary people, and the right of everyone to a dignified and meaningful life, reflects something that is clearly at the centre of current movements of revolt by young people across the globe; and it is also to be seen in the emergence of contemporary ideas about how to live well.

Keywords: A WHOLE WAY OF LIFE; CIVIL RIGHTS; DEMOCRACY; DIGNITY; GLOBAL RIGHTS; RAYMOND WILLIAMS; THE LONG REVOLUTION; WELL-BEING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266213807299069

Publication date: July 22, 2013

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