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Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy Paperback – March 14, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0415474023 ISBN-10: 0415474027 Edition: 1st

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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

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415474027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415474023
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. robe on June 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Clearly, a thoughtful discussion of anarchism in the academy is long overdue. Whether there is a necessity for a new sub-discipline called "anarchist studies" remains something else. Like most anthologies, many of the essays are weak. There are occasional descents into post-structural gibberish that sound like rehashes of graduate student papers and other essays that seem to state the obvious, which is in part to be expected by an "introductory anthology."

On the more positive side:

Joel Olson offers a good essay that interrogates U.S. anarchists' inability to adequately address race. He argues for the sustained study of the Black radical tradition and the tedious engagement with movement building. Info shops alone will not suffice and often result in replicating the racial privileges they attempt to challenge.

Luis Fernandez offers a thoughtful meditation of how one can go about researching anarchist communities without placing them in legal jeopardy and simplifying their complex relations. He develops a "grounded theory" approach by appropriating some observations from self-reflective anthropologists like George Marcus for field study.

Steven Best develops his biocentric anarchist theory to move us beyond speciesism. He ultimately asserts a dialectical approach where Left radicals can challenge antihumanist elements of eco-activists, whereas animal rights activists can undercut the speciesism that pervades Left theory.

Jeffrey Juris offers by far the most nuanced essay arguing to understand anarchism as an affinity rather than an identity in order to readily identify its pervasive influence among activist communities. Furthermore, he rightfully notes that there is nothing inherently anarchist about network forms or practices.
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