This is a broad ranging introduction to twenty-first-century anarchism which includes a wide array of theoretical approaches as well as a variety of empirical and geographical perspectives. The book demonstrates how the anarchist imagination has influenced the humanities and social sciences including anthropology, art, feminism, geography, international relations, political science, postcolonialism, and sociology.

Drawing on a long historical narrative that encompasses the 'waves' of anarchist movements from the classical anarchists (1840s to 1940s), post-war wave of student, counter-cultural and workers' control anarchism of the 1960s and 1970s to the DIY politics and Temporary Autonomous Zones of the 1990s right up to the Occupy! Movement and beyond, the aim of this volume is to cover the humanities and the social sciences in an era of anarchist revival in academia. Anarchist philosophy and anarchistic methodologies have re-emerged in a range of disciplines from Organization Studies, to Law, to Political Economy to Political Theory and International Relations, and Anthropology to Cultural Studies. Anarchist approaches to freedom, democracy, ethics, violence, authority, punishment, homelessness, and the arbitration of justice have spawned a broad array of academic publications and research projects. But this volume remembers an older story, in other words, the continuous role of the anarchist imagination as muse, provocateur, goading adversary, and catalyst in the stimulation of research and creative activity in the humanities and social sciences from the middle of the nineteenth century to today.

This work will be essential reading for scholars and students of anarchism, the humanities, and the social sciences.

chapter 1|29 pages


1Anarchism encounters the humanities and the social sciences

chapter 2|12 pages

The two anarchies

The Arab uprisings and the question of an anarchist sociology

chapter 3|20 pages

Contesting the state of nature

Anarchism and International Relations 1

chapter 5|14 pages

Postanarchism today

Anarchism and political theory

chapter 6|15 pages

Anarchism and political science

History and anti-science in radical thought

chapter 8|14 pages

Loving politics

On the art of living together

chapter 9|17 pages

Black flag mapping

Emerging themes in anarchist geography

chapter 10|18 pages

In dialogue

Anarchism and postcolonialism

chapter 11|13 pages

What is law?

chapter 12|16 pages

Anarchism and education studies

chapter 14|11 pages

Aesthetics of tension

chapter 15|19 pages

Conclusion in three acts

False genealogies and suspect methodologies?