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JUN, Nathan J. and Shane WAHL eds. New Perspectives on Anarchism

Friday 25 December 2009, by ps

Lexington Books, 2009. ISBN Cloth 0-7391-3240-7 / 978-0-7391-3240-1. 456 p.; Paper: 0-7391-3241-5 / 978-0-7391-3241-8. 456 p.

The study of anarchism as a philosophical, political, and social movement has burgeoned both in the academy and in the global activist community in recent years. Taking advantage of this boom in anarchist scholarship, Nathan J. Jun and Shane Wahl have compiled twenty-six cutting-edge essays on this timely topic in New Perspectives on Anarchism. This collection of essays is unique in its global and multi-cultural scope, as its contributors hail from across the globe.

The scholars and activists featured in New Perspectives on Anarchism view anarchism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, and ecology. Together, they attest to the vibrancy, intrepidity, and diversity of contemporary anarchist studies both within and without the academy. New Perspectives on Anarchism’s broad approach to anarchism will make it appealing to scholars and political activists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

List of Contributors
Samantha E. Bankston, Harold Barclay, Lewis Call, Alexandre J.M.E. Christoyannopoulos, Vernon Cisney, Jesse Cohn, Abraham DeLeon, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Benjamin Franks, Clive Gabay, Karen Goaman, Rodrigo Gomes Guimarães, Uri Gordon, James Horrox, Anthony Ince, Sandra Jeppesen, Stavros Karageorgakis, Elizabeth Kolovou, Thomas Martin, Todd May, Nicolae Morar, Irène Pereira, Stevphen Shukaitis, Mick Smith, Scott Turner, Salvo Vaccaro, Mitchell Verter, Dana Ward, and Dana M. Williams.

Table of Contents

Introduction Todd May

Part 1: Anarchism & Philosophy

Chapter 1: Anarchy in Political Philosophy
Francis Dupuis-Déri

Chapter 2: Is Post-structuralist Political Theory Anarchist?
Todd May

Chapter 3: Power and Anarchy: In/equality + In/visibility in Autonomous Politics
Uri Gordon

Chapter 4: Anarchism of the Other Person
Mitchell Verter

Chapter 5: The Double Paradigm of Power
Salvo Vaccaro Translated by Samantha E. Bankston

Part 2: Anarchism & Political Science

Chapter 6: Vanguards and Paternalism
Benjamin Franks

Chapter 7: Anarchy, Decentralisation, and Autonomy at the Seattle Anti-WTO Protests
Clive Gabay

Chapter 8: Anarchist Theory and Human Rights
Scott Turner

Part 3: Anarchism & Religion

Chapter 9: Christian Anarchism: A Revolutionary Reading of the Bible
Alexandre J.M.E. Christoyannopoulos

Chapter 10: Anarchist Confrontations with Religion
Harold Barclay

Part 4: Classical Anarchism

Chapter 11: Reinventing Resistance: Constructive Activism in Gustav Landauer’s Social Philosophy
James Horrox

Chapter 12: Alchemy at Clarens: Kropotkin and Reclus, 1877– 1881
Dana Ward

Chapter 13: Proudhon, Pragmatist
Irène Pereira Translated by Vernon Cisney & Nicolae Morar

Part 5: Anarchism & Social Science

Chapter 15: An Anarchist-Sociologist Research Program
Dana M. Williams

Chapter 16: Sabotaging the System! Bringing Anarchist Theory into Social Studies Education
Abraham DeLeon

Chapter 17: Whither Anarchist Geography?
Anthony Ince

Chapter 18: An Ethnography of Nowhere
Stevphen Shukaitis

Part 6: Anarchism & Ecology

Chapter 19: Free from Nature or Free Nature?: An Anarchist Critique of Transhumanism
Elizabeth Kolovou & Stavros Karageorgakis

Chapter 20: John Zerzan, Primitivism, and the Value of Culture
Rodrigo Gomes Guimarães
o Chapter 21: New Remedies or New Evils? Anarchism and the Scientific Revolution
Thomas Martin

Chapter 22: The State of Nature: The Political Philosophy of Primitivism and the Culture of Contamination
Mick Smith

Part 7: Anarchism & Culture

Chapter 23: What is Anarchist Cultural Studies? Precursors, Problems, and Prospects
Jesse Cohn

Chapter 24: The Past, Period Drama, and Mutual Aid
Karen Goaman

Chapter 25: Crisis of Authority Aboard the Battlestar Galactica
Lewis Call

Chapter 26: Creating Guerilla Texts in Rhizomatic Value-Practices on the Sliding Scale of Autonomy: Toward An Anti-Authoritarian Cultural Logic
Sandra Jeppesen

Nathan J. Jun is assistant professor of philosophy and coordinator of the philosophy program at Midwestern State University.

Shane Wahl is an instructor in philosophy at Ivy Tech Community College and teaches philosophy and debate to gifted children through Purdue University’s Gifted Education Resource Institute.