In this time of economic, ecological and social crises, a diverse array of collective movements carry the possibilities of deep democratization and alternative futures. A World to Win brings these movements alive as agents of history-in-the-making. It situates Quebec student strikers, Indigenous resistance and resurgence, Occupy, workers, migrant, feminist and queer movements and many others in their struggle against the hegemonic institutions of capitalism. Using theory and case studies, this book articulates the particular histories and structures facing social movements while also building bridges to comprehensive analyses of our current era of crisis and change—in Canada and the world.

Contributors to A World to Win include well-known political and social theorists, activist-intellectuals who have made significant contributions to movement politics and emerging voices in this field. Bridging the conceptual and the practical, this book will be of value to activists whose interventions can be sharpened through critical reflection and to students and scholars who will find pathways to activism.

A World to Win personalizes the financial and climate crises as being part of the ongoing colonization and integration of people into the fast, competitive, individualist consumer society that global market capitalism has produced. This important anthology then lays out a range of hopeful, helpful responses to the seemingly ineluctable status quo based on what people are doing in the here and now.

Heather Menzies, author of the award-winning book Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good.

Subject Social Science/Sociology                                                     Political Science/Canadian/Democracy
Published June 2016
Price $24.95 CDN
Pages 416 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 8.5″ × .5″
ISBN-10 1894037731
ISBN-13 9781894037730

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About the Editors

William K. Carroll is a professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria, where he served as founding director of the Social Justice Studies Program. Among his recent books are Expose, Oppose, Propose: Alternative Policy Groups in the Struggle for Global Justice, The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Corporate Power in the 21st Century, Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication (co-authored with Bob Hackett) and Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times. He has won the Canadian Sociological Association’s John Porter Prize twice for his books on the structure of corporate power in Canada.

Kanchan Sarker teaches Sociology at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. He also taught at the Dept. of Political Science, York University. He was a researcher at the Sociological Research Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, from 1990-2001. He works on social movements, neoliberalism, inequality and India and publishes in national and international journals.


Barry D. Adam teaches Sociology at the University of Windsor. His work on the subjectivity of subordination and on gay and lesbian movements (The Survival of Domination, The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement, The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics) documents how individual coping strategies can coalesce into collective mobilization and a transformative politics that restructure or revolutionize the conditions of subordination.

Laurie Adkin teaches Political Science at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Politics of Sustainable Development: Citizens, Unions, and the Corporations, and editor and co-author of Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada, and First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta (forthcoming).

Cliff (Kam’ayaam/Chachim’multhnii) Atleo is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta and the 5th Annual Henry Roe Cloud Fellow in American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Yale University. His research offers a critique of “Aboriginalized” capitalism and seeks out alternative economic practices rooted in Indigenous teachings and traditions.

Michael Bueckert is a doctoral candidate in Sociology and Political Economy at Carleton University. His doctoral research explores the influence of financial activism, including divestment campaigns, on class power and social change. He has previously written on international development aid policy and the capitalist state.

Elaine Coburn is assistant professor in the International Studies department of Glendon College at York University and is a researcher affiliated with the CADIS-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. She is the editor of ‘And More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom’: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence.

Matthew Corbeil is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on social conflict and corporate power in Ontario’s mining sector. He is also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Stephen D’Arcy teaches Philosophy at Huron University College. He is author of Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest Is Good for Democracy and co-editor of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice.

Jessica Dempsey teaches Geography at the University of British Columbia. She works with the CBD Alliance, many NGOs and social movements to develop analysis and position papers on global biodiversity issues. She has published articles in leading geography and political ecology journals, including Environment and Planning A, Geoforum and Progress in Human Geography.

Beth DeVolder is a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Critical Disability Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Faces of Disability and Disability Health Research: A Primer.

Craig Fortier teaches Social Development at Renison University College. He has participated in movements for migrant justice and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade. His PhD dissertation examined how radical anti-authoritarian movements learn, imagine and practice processes of decolonization through collaboration with Indigenous sovereignty struggles. He publishes in Decolonization.

Peter Gibbs holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Victoria and was the lead organizer of Divest UVic. He was also the Director of Training at Dogwood Initiative. Peter is an organizer and trainer at Organize BC, where he runs training, coaching and capacity building programs for progressive organizers throughout British Columbia.

Sam Gindin was the Research Director of the CAW (now UNIFOR) from 1974-2000 and an assistant to the President of the union from 1985 on. After leaving the CAW he taught Political Science at York University. He is the author of The Canadian Autoworkers: The Birth and Transformation of a Union, co-author with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire and co-author with Greg Albo and Leo Panitch of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives.

Jordan House is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on prison labour in Canada and labour movement renewal. His dissertation examines Canadian prisoner organizing and prisoner labour unions. He is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Catriona Johnson is a doctoral student at the University of Victoria researching collective family governance. She was the Assistant Director for State and Federal Relations for the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, a policy analyst with the Washington-based National Disability Rights Network, and Director of Public Policy Initiatives for the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.

Gary Kinsman is a professor emeritus in Sociology at Laurentian University. He is the author of The Regulation of Desire, co-author with Patrizia Gentile of The Canadian War on Queers and editor of Whose National Security? and Sociology for Changing the World. He is a long-time queer liberation, AIDS, anti-poverty and anti-capitalist activist.

Xavier Lafrance was a student movement activist in Québec for many years. He teaches Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His current research is on new radical left parties and social movements. His book, Citizen-Worker: Rethinking the Transition to Capitalism and the Making of a Working Class in France, is forthcoming.

Warren Magnusson teaches Political Science at the University of Victoria. His books include The Search for Political Space: Globalization, Social Movements, and the Urban Political Experience, Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City and Local Self-Government and the Right to the City.

David McNally teaches Political Science at York University. He is the author of six books, including Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, winner of the 2011 Paul Sweezy Award, and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism, winner of the 2012 Deutscher Memorial Award.

Jacinthe Michaud teaches Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. She publishes in French and in English in Studies in Political Economy, Politique et Sociétés and Conscience subalterne, conscience identitaire.

Pamela Moss teaches in Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. Her research coalesces around themes of bodies, power and knowledge production in numerous contexts. Her most recent book, co-authored with Michael J. Prince, is Weary Warriors. She is working on a book project entitled Fatigue.

Michael J. Prince teaches Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He works with advocates and organizations in the disability rights movement including the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Canadian Association of Community Living and Inclusion BC. Michael is the author of Absent Citizens: Disability Policy and Politics in Canada and, with James Rice, Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy.

James Rowe teaches Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He works across the fields of political theory, social movement studies and political ecology. He is co-author with Ronnie Lipschutz of Globalization, Governmentality, and Global Politics.

Alan Sears teaches Sociology at Ryerson University. His books include The Next New Left: A History of the Future and, co-authored with James Cairns, The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century. He is an activist in anti-capitalist, queer and Palestine solidarity movements.

Jillian Smith is a graduate student in Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Using an environmental justice lens, her research focuses on community interpretations and responses to the fracking controversy near the boundary of Gros Morne National Park.

Mark C.J. Stoddart teaches Sociology at Memorial University. He is the author of the book Making Meaning out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing.

David B. Tindall teaches Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He is the co-editor of Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada.

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer and educator. Formally trained in the law, for the past fifteen years she has been active in grassroots anti-racist, migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements including through No One Is Illegal. She has worked with women in the Downtown Eastside for the past decade and is a member of the February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee. Harsha is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism.

Lesley Wood teaches Sociology at York University. She is the author of Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing. She is also active in the anti-poverty and global justice movements.