Amidst epidemics of youth alienation and cultural polarization, community- based artistic practices are sprouting up around the world as antidotes to poli- cies of austerity and social exclusion. Rejecting the radical individualism of the neoliberal era, many artistic projects promote collectivity and togetherness in navigating challenges and constructing shared futures. The Art of Collectivity is about how one such creative social program deployed this approach in service of a post-neoliberal vision. Focusing on a national social circus initiative launched by a newly elected Ecuadorean gov- ernment to help actualize its “citizens’ revolution,” the book explores the inter- section between global cultural politics, participatory arts, collective health, and social transformation. The authors include scholars and practitioners of community arts, humanities, social sciences, and health sciences from the Global North and Global South. Sensitive to hierarchical binaries such as re- search/practice, north/south, and art/science, they work together to provide a multifaceted analysis of the way cultural politics shape policy, pedagogy, and aesthetic sensibilities, as well as their socio-cultural and health-related effects. The largest study of social circus to date, combining detailed quantitative, qualitative, and arts-based research, The Art of Collectivity is a timely contribution to the study of cultural policies, critical pedagogies, collective art-making, and community development. Jennifer Beth Spiegel is a research fellow in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and teaches in the Theatre Department at Concordia University. Benjamin Ortiz Choukroun is a director, playwright, circus artist, and social circus trainer, as well as the director of Tejido, a national network of social circus practitioners in Ecuador. Peter McHugh (1929–2010) was an internationally known sociologist within the field of anti-positivist social theory. As the only collection of McHugh’s sole-authored writings, Redefining the Situation presents a comprehensive yet surprising view of this key theorist’s influence in his field. Redefining the Situation is a compendium of McHugh’s published and unpublished short-form writings, along with three new essays on McHugh’s work, one by his long-time collaborator and friend Alan Blum. The collection contributes to the project of reinventing social theory by providing a new per- spective from which to imaginatively rethink the development of sociology over the last fifty years. It locates McHugh’s work not only within the modern and postmodern sociological tradition but also within contemporary social theory broadly, including hermeneutics, critical theory, deconstruction, and Hannah Arendt’s political theory. The essays in this volume show the develop- ment of a method to analyze everyday behaviour in light of fundamental questions, exploring conflicts and connections between socialization and re- cidivism, fragmentation and ethnic cleansing, justice and affirmative action, teaching and university politics, and intimacy and aesthetics. This book moves beyond contemporary debates about big data/postmodernism, and along the way it identifies convergences in Anglo-American and Continental thought. By tracing the development of Analysis, the tradition of social inquiry, from its beginnings until today, Redefining the Situation re-establishes a prominent sociologist as one of the leading intellectuals in the field of interpretive social theory. Kieran Bonner is professor of sociology at St Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. Stanley Raffel (1944–2018) was reader and fellow of sociology at the University of Edinburgh. M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 3 9 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S June 2019 -5,7a755pl7l5pl7s 4shi-l£ bAU1 4shi-l£ Dc1 kS,i-- 6o602 -5,7a755pl7l5ph7l 4Ssaiaac bAU1 4Ssaiaac Dc1 k-niaa $.9ru nisl B -isl p,h66 nn 6u9r931 Ss Cto:2ox31 s xo631 l roN.03 0g99T omot.oN.0 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2019 -5,7a755pl7ln-p7l 4p-i-l£ bAU1 4phi-l£ Dc1 ksni-- 6o602 -5,7a755pl7ln-s7, 4Ssaiaac bAU1 4Ssaiaac Dc1 k-niaa $.9ru n B - phh66 h roN.03 0g99T omot.oN.0 The Art of Collectivity Social Circus and the Cultural Politics of a Post-Neoliberal Vision edited by jennifer beth spiegel and benjamin ortiz choukroun What tensions and what potential emerge when a community art program seeks to promote collectivity in the present era? P O L I T I C A L S T U D I E S • S O C I O L O G Y C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S • H E A LT H S T U D I E S Redefining the Situation The Writings of Peter McHugh edited by kieran bonner and stanley raffel The writings of a distinguished sociologist and accompanying original essays that reflect on the development of his social theory.