Is it possible to abolish coercion and hierarchy and build a stateless, egalitarian social order based on non-domination? There is one political tradition that answers these questions with a resounding yes: anarchism.
In this book, Carissa Honeywell offers an accessible introduction to major anarchist thinkers and principles, from Proudhon to Goldman, non-domination to prefiguration. She helps students understand the nature of anarchism by examining how its core ideas shape important contemporary social movements, thereby demonstrating how anarchist principles are relevant to modern political dilemmas connected to issues of conflict, justice and care. She argues that anarchism can play a central role in tackling our major global problems by helping us rethink the essentially militarist nature of our dominant ideas about human relationships and security.
Dynamic, urgent, and engaging, this new introduction to anarchist thought will be of great interest to both students as well as thinkers and activists working to find solutions to the multiple crises of capitalist modernity.
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Series: Key Concepts in Political Theory
20 November 2020
Professional and scholarly
Chapter 1 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas' Chapter 2 Freedom and Association Chapter 3 Harm Reduction Chapter 4 Until All Cages are Empty Chapter 5 Closing Thoughts Notes
Carissa Honeywell is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Sheffield Hallam University.
Reviews for Anarchism
Why study anarchism? Carissa Honeywell's answer is it enables us think differently and so reconfigure our social relationships. Deftly weaving canonical theory into contemporary responses to neoliberalism, she reveals how anarchists swop isolation and domination for solidarity and ecological flourishing. Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University This excellent book provides a clear, accessible, yet thorough and intellectually rigorous, introduction to anarchism as a concept while exploring its contemporary relevance. Saul Newman, Goldsmiths, University of London