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Conclusion in three acts

False genealogies and suspect methodologies?
WithCarl Levy

This chapter discusses the questions of genealogies and methodologies, which shape the various encounters of anarchism with the humanities and the social sciences. The fraught nature of genealogies can also be found in Geography. Anarchism, as the epistemological point of departure for geography, is undergirded by historical studies of the interaction of E. Reclus and Peter Kropotkin. Anarchism and anthropology have been in conversation with each other since the nineteenth century. In the literature of the new anarchism, continuity is established in which indigenous examples appear alongside historical anarchist struggles, contemporary autonomous forms of organisation such as social centres, and southern autonomous social movements such as Argentinian recuperated factories. Noam Chomsky is perhaps the most famous academic who has self-identified with anarchism since the Second World War. The most controversial, interesting, and relevant aspects of Chomsky’s intellectual biography are the connections or otherwise between his theory of language acquisition and his anarchism.