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Anarchist Cybernetics

Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Thomas Swann ( Loughborough University )



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Bristol University Press
19 October 2020
Social & cultural anthropology; Political subversion; Organisational theory & behaviour
An exceptional work of political and organisational theory which takes a normative approach to questions of organisation and communication.

From Occupy, to the Indignados and the Arab Spring, the uprisings that marked the last decade ignited a re-emergence of participatory democracy as a political ideal within organisations. This pioneering book introduces cybernetic thinking to politics and organisational studies to explore the continuing development of this radical idea.

With a focus on communication and how alternative social media platforms present new challenges and opportunities for radical organising, it sheds new light on the concepts of self-organisation, consensus decision making, individual autonomy and collective identity. Revolutionising the way in which anarchist activists and theorists think about organisations, this unprecedented investigation makes a major contribution to the larger discussion of direct democracy.
By:   Thomas Swann ( Loughborough University )
Imprint:   Bristol University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781529208788
ISBN 10:   1529208785
Series:   Organizations and Activism
Pages:   190
Publication Date:   19 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Swann is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Loughborough University.

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