Republic of Outsiders

The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels
Author(s): Alissa Quart
Original Publish Date: May 10, 2011
Product Number: EB00668132
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781595588944
Publisher: The New Press
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"Vivid portraits" of individuals and subcultures by a writer who "unmasks the assumptions we make about what counts as normal" (The New York Times). They are outsiders who seek to redefine fields from mental health to diplomacy to music. They push boundaries and transform ideas. They include filmmakers crowdsourcing their work, transgender and autistic activists, and Occupy Wall Street's "alternative bankers." These people create and package themselves in a practice cultural critic Alissa Quart dubs "identity innovation." In this "fascinating" book, Quart introduces us to individuals who have created new structures to keep themselves sane, fulfilled, and, on occasion, paid. This deeply reported book shows how these groups now gather, organize, and create new communities and economies. Without a middleman, freed of established media, and highly mobile, unusual ideas and cultures are able to spread more quickly and find audiences and allies. Republic of Outsiders is a critical examination of those for whom being rebellious, marginal, or amateur is a source of strength (Barbara Ehrenreich). "Even if you don't consider yourself an outsider or a rebel, Quart's book has several lessons for creative work, particularly when it comes to making art outside a heavily commercial system." —Fast Company "One of the smartest cultural interpreters of her generation. In Republic of Outsiders, she mixes sharp-eyed analysis with an empathetic heart. The result is a great read, and a brand-new lens through which to view outsiders, insiders—and ourselves." —Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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