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Anarchism : A Very Short Introduction - Colin Ward

Anarchism

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 21st October 2004
ISBN: 9780192804778
Number Of Pages: 128

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What do anarchists want? It seems easier to classify them by what they don't want, namely, the organizations of the State, and to identify them with rioting and protest rather than with any coherent ideology. But with demonstrations like those against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund being blamed on anarchists, it is clear that an explanation of what they do stand for is long overdue.
Colin Ward provides answers to these questions by considering 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 blanket opposition to incarceration, and policy of "no compromise" with the apparatus of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is it more "organized" and "reasonable" than is currently perceived? Whatever the politics of the reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after experiencing this book.

excellent introduction * The Guardian *

Foreword 1: Definitions and ancestors 2: Revolutionary moments 3: States, societies, and the collapse of socialism 4: Deflating nationalism and fundamentalism 5: Containing deviancy and liberating work 6: Freedom in education 7: The individualist response 8: Quiet revolutions 9: The federalist agenda 10: Green aspirations and anarchist futures References and sources Further reading

ISBN: 9780192804778
ISBN-10: 0192804774
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 21st October 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.11