Social Impact Design


Published: January 1, 2021

The Radical Bookstore: Counterspace for Social Movements

The Radical Bookstore examines how radical bookstores and similar spaces serve as launching pads for social movements. In this deeply researched consideration of seventy-seven stores and establishments, Kimberley Kinder argues that activists need autonomous space for organizing, and that these spaces are made, not found. She explores the remarkably enduring presence of radical bookstores in America and how they provide infrastructure for organizing—gathering places, retail offerings that draw new people into what she calls “counterspaces.”


Kimberley Kinder