How Not to Be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left

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How Not to Be Governed explores the contemporary debates and questions concerning anarchism in our own time. The authors address the political failures of earlier practices of anarchism, and the claim that anarchism is impracticable, by examining the anarchisms that have been theorized and practiced in the midst of these supposed failures. The authors revive the possibility of anarchism even as they examine it with a critical lens. Rather than breaking with prior anarchist practices, this volume reveals the ...

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Overview

How Not to Be Governed explores the contemporary debates and questions concerning anarchism in our own time. The authors address the political failures of earlier practices of anarchism, and the claim that anarchism is impracticable, by examining the anarchisms that have been theorized and practiced in the midst of these supposed failures. The authors revive the possibility of anarchism even as they examine it with a critical lens. Rather than breaking with prior anarchist practices, this volume reveals the central values and tactics of anarchism that remain with us, practiced even in the most unlikely and 'impossible' contexts.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathy Ferguson
This is a unique and exciting collection of inquiries into anarchism and political theory, anarchism as political theory. Martel and Klausen's introduction usefully situates anarchism in relation to contemporary political struggles. The authors make use of a wide variety of political theorists, including Foucault, Arendt, Benjamin, and Nietzsche, to discern and develop anarchist themes.
Saul Newman
Rather than simply rehashing classical anarchism, this work offers a genuinely original and innovative re-engagement with the properly heterogeneous and heretical dimension of anarchist thought, emphasising its untimely timeliness. With the category of 'critical anarchism,' anarchism is taken beyond the epistemological boundaries of the old masters like Bakunin and Kropotkin, revitalized through a dialogue with alternative perspectives such as post-structuralism, and reconsidered in the context of today's struggles against neo-colonialism and global capitalism. Critical anarchism thus brings to light the diversity and liveliness of anarchism, showing that it is more productively thought as a horizon of becoming. Above all, in pointing to the potential of anarchism as an alternative to the failures of statism on the one hand, and capitalism on the other, the book reminds us of the original libertarian-egalitarian impulse at the heart of radical politics and thus makes a vital contribution to what I see as the fundamental political challenge of today: reclaiming the ethical project of how not to be governed from the grasp of the radical Right.
James C. Scott
Fresh, brave, and excellent to think with. Nothing beats this as an original, critical and sympathetic reassessment of anarchism as a body of evolving emancipatory practices and as a body of knowledge. I can't wait to teach it.
Refractions
It is clear that only the abolition of the state structure can solve a number of oppressions, not least in relation to undocumented migrants. This book invites us to think of emigration not only in the perspective that the world is our homeland, but also because this population movement is a character of dissent from the left of both countries in respect of the so-called home, as Banu Bargu suggests. In short this book does not fail to stir the debate it deserves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739150351
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/13/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Casas Klausen is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. James Martel is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: How Not to Be Governed James Martel Jimmy Casas Klausen ix

1 Anarchist Methods and Political Theory Jacqueline Stevens 1

2 An Anarchism That is Not Anarchism; Notes toward a Critique of Anarchist Imperialism George Ciccariello-Maher 19

3 Beside the State: Anarchist Strains in Cuban Revolutionary Thought Katherine Gordy 47

4 Kant via Rancière: From Ethics to Anarchism Todd May 65

5 Nietzsche, Aristocratism, and Non-domination Vanessa Lemm 83

6 Max Stirner, Postanarchy avant la lettre Banu Bargu 103

7 The Late Foucault's Premodernity Jimmy Casas Klausen 123

8 The Ambivalent Anarchism of Hannah Arendt James Martel 143

9 Emma Goldman and the Power of Revolutionary Love Keally McBride 157

10 "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" Elena Loizidou 167

Index 189

List of Contributors 195

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