Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy

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This volume of collected essays by some of the most prominent academics studying anarchism bridges the gap between anarchist activism on the streets and anarchist theory in the academy. Focusing on anarchist theory, pedagogy, methodologies, praxis, and the future, this edition will strike a chord for anyone interested in radical social change.

This interdisciplinary work highlights connections between anarchism and other perspectives such as feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, disability studies, post-modernism and post-structuralism, animal liberation, and environmental justice. Featuring original articles, this volume brings together a wide variety of anarchist voices whilst stressing anarchism's tradition of dissent. This book is a must buy for the critical teacher, student, and activist interested in the state of the art of anarchism studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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'As an academic dean, I am shocked and dismayed at how invisible anarchism is to university curricula. Contemporary Anarchist Studies is a book long overdue. This book shows the theoretical logic and the empirical usefulness of an anarchist view of the world.' – Dr. John Alessio, St. Cloud State University

'Contemporary Anarchist Studies is an urgently needed text at this current historical juncture when powerful arguments for anarchism are needed that are capable of loosening the death grip of capitalist ideology.' – Dr. Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles

'Contemporary Anarchist Studies comes at precisely the right moment in history. From anarchist theory and pedagogy in the academy, to the practices of anarchists in the streets, this book collects the insights of many of the most well known names in the field, and provides both a cogent analysis of our present as well as a hopeful direction for our future.' – Dr. Corey Lewis, Humboldt State University

"It is a perfect volume for a social justice reading group, any college library, and a must for any political theory course. Because of the diversity of articles, sections of the book are also useful for such fields as women’s studies, critical animal studies, environmental studies, education, philosophy, criminology, economics, anthropology, sociology, peace and conflict studies, ethnic studies, and political science."Sarat Colling, Political Media Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415474023
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., professor of Peace Studies at Prescott College, publishes widely in areas including anarchism, ecology, and social movements, and is the author of Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly, 2008).

Abraham DeLeon, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester in the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. His areas of interest include critical theory, anarchism, social studies education, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies.

Luis A. Fernandez is the author of Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement (Rutgers University Press, 2008). His interests include protest policing, social movements, and the social control of late modernity. He is a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University.

Anthony J. Nocella, II, is a doctoral student at Syracuse University and a professor at Le Moyne College. He has published more than twenty academic articles and is now working on his eleventh book. He also teaches Life Skills at a New York youth detention facility.

Deric Shannon, a PhD. candidate at the University of Connecticut currently studies Food Not Bombs activism, prefigurative politics, and contemporary anarchisms. He is a long time anarchist activist, owner of Wooden Man Records, and an author of numerous book chapters and articles, dealing especially with radical politics.

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Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: THEORY 1. Anarchism from Foucault to Rancière, Todd May 2. Anarchism, Postmodernity, and Poststructuralism, Gabriel Kuhn 3. Two Undecidable Questions for Thinking in Which Anything Goes, Alejandro de Acosta 4. The Problem with Infoshops and Insurrection: U.S. Anarchism, Movement Building, and the Racial Order, Joel Olson 5. Addressing Violence against Women: Alternatives to State-based Law and Punishment, Emily Gaarder 6. The Flow of Experiencing in Anarchic Economies, Eric Buck SECTION TWO: METHODOLOGIES 7. Against Method, Against Authority . . . For Anarchy, Jeff Ferrell 8. Toward a Relational Ethics of Struggle: Embodiment, Affinity, and Affect, Paul Routledge 9. Being There: Thoughts on Anarchism and Participatory Observation, Luis A. Fernandez 10. Anarchism, Academia, and the Avant Garde, David Graeber 11. Dis-Abling Capitalism and an Anarchism of ‘Radical Equality’ in Resistance to Ideologies of Normalcy, Liat Ben-Moshe, Dave Hill, Anthony J. Nocella, II, and Bill Templer SECTION THREE: PEDAGOGY 12. Anarchic Epimetheanism: The Pedagogy of Ivan Illich, Richard Kahn 13. Thoughts on Anarchist Pedagogy and Epistemology, William T. Armaline 14. Accessible Artifact for Community Discussion About Anarchy and Education, Maxwell Schnurer and Laura Hahn 15. Anarchist Theory as Radical Critique: Challenging Hierarchies and Domination in the Social and "Hard" Sciences, Abraham P. DeLeon and Kurt Love 16. Infrapolitics and the Nomadic Educational Machine, Stevphen Shukaitis 17. Anarchism, Education, and the Road to Peace, Colman McCarthy SECTION FOUR: PRAXIS 18. As Beautiful as a Brick through a Bank Window: Anarchism, the Academy, and Resisting Domestication, Deric Shannon 19. Rethinking Revolution: Total Liberation, Alliance Politics, and a Prolegomena to Resistance Movements in the 21st Century, Steven Best 20. Anarchy: Foundations in Faith, Lisa Kemmerer 21. Anarchism, or the Cultural Logic of Networking, Jeffrey S. Juris 22. Anarchy Girl Style Now: Riot Grrrl Actions and Practices, Caroline K. Kaltefleiter 23. Free As a Bird: Natural Anarchism in Action, pattrice jones SECTION FIVE: THE FUTURE 24. Dark Tidings: Anarchist Politics in the Age of Collapse, Uri Gordon 25. Personal Identities and Collective Visions: Reflections on Identity, Community, and Difference, Martha Ackelsberg 26. Anarchism: Past, Present, and Utopia, Ruth Kinna and Alex Prichard 27. Anarchism and Utopia, Peter Seyferth 28. Anarchy, Utopia, and the State of Things to Come, Randall Amster

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