'Cutting across politically unhelpful and pernicious media-led divisions between supposedly "good" and "bad" protesters. Anyone who takes protest and riot seriously needs to confront the issues that D'Arcy identifies - his arguments should give you much to think (and act) upon.'
Nina Power, Roehampton University
'With implacable logic, engaging prose, and a sensitivity to moral and ethical complexities, Languages of the Unheard demonstrates what radicals of all stripes intuitively know: to rebel is justified, and democracy - if it is to be found anywhere - is in the streets.'
Nikolas Barry-Shaw, co-author of Paved with Good Intentions
'Contrary to those liberals and social democrats who argue that militant activism is antidemocratic, Stephen D'Arcy makes a sustained argument coming from within democratic theory that forms of militant disruptive protest can instead be seen as crucial to defending and expanding participatory forms of democracy. Giving voice to those who have not been heard and developing political autonomy, direct action politics can be seen as a civic virtue and a crucial part of democratic forms of revolutionary social transformation.'
Gary Kinsman, author of The Regulation of Desire
'In this wide-ranging discussion of militancy, Stephen D'Arcy takes the reader through an argument that begins with civil disobedience and ends with armed struggle. To a democrat, D'Arcy argues, none of these should be taboo. You may part company with him at some stage, but if you are really committed to democracy you will have to consider his arguments.'
Justin Podur, author of Haiti's New Dictatorship
'I highly recommend this book to all people, young and old, and especially to Indigenous youth who are at the forefront of this generation of activists. It is important to know when and where protests, blockades, or militant actions have been successful. And why!'
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, Ontario Native Women's Association