Author, researcher and campaigner
I’m Anthea Lawson, author of The Entangled Activist: Learning to recognise the master's tools, a book that lifts the lid on our attempts to change the world.
It's an answer to that perennial question: why do activists so often seem to recreate the problems they're trying to solve? Why do people working for human rights treat each other badly? What's going on when we want to destroy our opponents yet are working for peace and justice?
'Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet,' said Alice Walker. In these times of crisis, it's hard to disagree. Yet activism doesn't look appealing to everyone, and this book is about why, and what might make a difference.
The Entangled Activist is a call for all of us to understand activism differently – whether we’re doing activism, reacting to it... or perhaps feeling that we ought to be doing it.
A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2021
Praise for The Entangled Activist
Published by Perspectiva Press
Please read this book for your own sake and for all of us’
‘A manifesto for reflective activism’
‘A book of liberating honesty’
Alastair McIntosh, co-author of Spiritual Activism and
Riders on the Storm
‘Compelling reading… an outstanding contribution’
Satish Kumar, Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist
Dr Gail Bradbrook, co-founder, Extinction Rebellion
John Ashton, independent activist and former diplomat