Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 12, 2004

byColin Ward

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The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest against government, and - recently - of angry demonstrations against bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. But is anarchism inevitably linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists adhere to acoherent ideology? What exactly is anarchism?In this Very Short Introduction, Colin Ward considers anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key anarchist thinkers from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He looks critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its blanketopposition to incarceration, and policy of 'no compromise' with the apparatus of political decision-making. Among the questions he ponders are: can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is it more 'organized' and 'reasonable' than is currently perceived? Whatever the politics ofthe reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after reading this book.

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The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest against government, and - recently - of angry demonstrations against bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. But is anarchism inevitably linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists adhere to acoherent ideology? What exactly is anarchism?In ...

Colin Ward was Visiting Centennial Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and is the author of over thirty books on childhood, schooling and housing, town and country, transport and water. They include his much-translated Anarchy in Action (Freedom Press), and from Five Leaves Books of Nottingham, Cotters and Squ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:November 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192804774

ISBN - 13:9780192804778

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good introduction to a complex subject This is a good starting point for anyone who has heard the term Anarchist but is unsure what it means. Often associated with nihilism, anarchism is actually a social movement that rejects large governments in favour of cooperation for mutual gain.
Date published: 2005-10-13

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. Definitions and ancestors2. Revolutionary moments3. States, societies, and the collapse of socialism4. Deflating nationalism and fundamentalism5. Containing deviancy and liberating work6. Freedom in education7. The individualist response8. Quiet revolutions9. The federalist agenda10. Green aspirations and anarchist futuresReferences and sourcesFurther reading