Turning Over Marx and Mao and Intently Lengthening Their Hair: Writing, Debating, and Living the Global

  • Jon Piccini
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


History occurs in spaces, and is shaped by the ideas that flow through them. This chapter employs a range of theoretical approaches to argue that activist understandings of both space and publishing culture underwent significant globalisation during the late 1960s. New social movements established headquarters, bookshops, and meeting places within the private urban environment, while employing a globalised lexicon and political–cultural practice to mobilise and engage with cities and their inhabitants. The way social movements distributed their message was also altered. Political power grew out of the barrel of a Gestetner, as one activist put it, and a plethora of new publications emerged, often aping new styles and forms from around the world. These publications also introduced the globally mobile vocabulary of the Sixties—decolonisation, black and student power, women’s liberation, worker’s control, and the Third World—and played an important role in their initial dissemination and contention.


Gestetner Semper Florens Australian Social Movements Black Power Irregular Students 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Piccini
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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