The Anarchist Turn

The Anarchist Turn

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In an act of resistance against the usage of the word 'anarchist' as an insult and representations of anarchy as a recipe for pure disorder, The Anarchist Turn brings together innovative and fresh perspectives on anarchism to argue that in fact it represents a form of collective, truly democratic social organisation. In the last few decades the negative caricature of anarchy has begun to crack. As free market states and state socialism preserve social hierarchies and remain apathetic on matters of inequality, globalisation and the social movements it spawned have proved what anarchists have long been advocating: an anarchical order is not just desirable, but also feasible. A number of high profile contributors, including Judith Butler, Simon Critchley, Cinzia Arruzza and Alberto Toscano, discuss the anarchist hypothesis, referencing its many historical and geographical variants and analysing its relationship to feminism, politics, economics, history and more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135.13 x 215.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333435
  • 9780745333434

About Jacob Blumenfeld

Jacob Blumenfeld is a researcher in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. He has taught at various schools in the City University of New York. Chiara Bottici teaches Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. Her recent publications include A Philosophy of Political Myth (2010) and Men and States (2009). She is editor of The Politics of Imagination (2011) and co-author of Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, and Identity (2012) and The Myth of the Clash between Civilizations (2010). Simon Critchley teaches Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. He is the author of many books including The Faith of the Faithless (2012), Impossible Objects (2011), The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008) and Infinitely Demanding (2007).show more

Table of contents

Introduction, Simon Critchley I. SUBVERTING BOUNDARIES 1. Black and Red: The Freedom of Equals, Chiara Bottici 2. The Politics of Commensality, Banu Bargu 3. Friendship as Resistance, Todd May 4. An-archy between Metapolitics and Politics Miguel Abensour II. PAINT IT PINK: ANARCHISM AND FEMINISM 5. Subverting Patriarchy, Subverting Politics: Anarchism as a Practice of Caring, by Mitchell Cowen Verter 6. Of What is Anarcha-feminism the Name?, Cinzia Arruzza 7. Black, Red, Pink and Green. Breaking Boundaries, Building Bridges, Laura Corradi III. GEOGRAPHIES OF ANARCHY 8. The Anarchist Geography of No-Place, Stephen Duncombe 9. The Fighting Ground, Alberto Toscano 10. Reiner Schurmann's Faultline Topology, Stephanie Wakefield IV. THE ANARCHIST MOMENT 11. The Anarchist Moment, Andrej Grubacic 12. Palestine, State Politics and the Anarchist Impasse, Judith Butler 13. Spread Anarchy, Live Communism, The Alleged Authors of The Coming Insurrection 14. Postface on Occupation and Revolution, Jacob Blumenfeld Indexshow more

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'An important signpost on our new political and ethical terrain. It affirms anarchism as the unmistakable horizon of our present condition. -- Saul Newman, Reader in Political Theory, Goldsmiths University of more

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