Anarchism : A Conceptual Approach
Occupying a distinctive position in the study of anarchist ideology, this volume - authored by a handpicked group of established and rising scholars - investigates how anarchists often seek to sharpen their message and struggle to determine what ideas and actions are central to their identity. Moving beyond defining anarchism as simply an ideology or political theory, this book examines the meanings of its key concepts, which have been divided into three categories: Core, Adjacent, and Peripheral concepts. Each chapter focuses on one important concept, shows how anarchists have understood the concept, and highlights its relationships to other concepts.
Although anarchism is often thought of as a political topic, the interdisciplinary nature of Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach makes it of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences, liberal arts, and the humanities.
- Paperback | 242 pages
- 152 x 229 x 20mm | 383g
- 27 Mar 2018
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Illustrations, black and white
Other books in this series
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28 Jun 2018
10 Nov 2016
14 Sep 2016
About Benjamin Franks
Nathan Jun is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Midwestern State University. He is the author of Anarchism and Political Modernity. He has published several edited volumes and journal articles on political theory, the history of political thought, and contemporary European philosophy.
Leonard Williams is Professor of Political Science at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. He is the author of American Liberalism and Ideological Change. His writings on anarchism have appeared in New Political Science, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies.
Table of contents
[Benjamin Franks, Nathan Jun, and Leonard Williams]
Part 1: Core Concepts
5. Direct Action
Part 2: Adjacent Concepts
Part 3: Peripheral Concepts
[Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Konstantin Stoborod]
'Franks, Jun and Williams' pioneering application of Michael Freeden's approach to ideology gives us a rigorous, sharp and fresh account of anarchism. Showing how anarchists have interpreted key concepts, contributors to the volume explain the distinctiveness of anarchist analysis, exploding some entrenched myths about the inconsistencies of anarchist political thought in the process. The editors' arrangement of these contributions creates an invigorating picture of anarchist ideology. If it's possible to imagine alternative conceptual mappings, it is because they have demonstrated how anarchism can be constructed and re-constructed in its own terms.' - Ruth Kinna, Professor of Political Theory, Loughborough Universityã
'This book provides both a vision of anarchism as a distinct political ideology as well as describing the current debates in anarchist thought and practice. On top of being useful to those engaged in anarchist studies and research it will very useful for those interested in political ideologies and philosophy more widely.' - Jon Bigger, anarchist activist, writer and researcher