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SHANTZ, Jeff. Constructive Anarchism
Building Infrastructures of Resistance
Article published on 26 June 2013
last modification on 9 June 2013

by r-c.
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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010. 214 p. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0402-6
ISBN Short: 9781409404026. Hardback

  • 2013. 214 pages. ISBN : 1409499936, 9781409499930.

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Constructive Anarchy, the result of more than a decade of direct study within a variety of anarchist projects, provides the most wide-ranging and detailed analysis of current anarchist endeavours. The compelling discussions of anarchism and union organising, anti-poverty work and immigrant and refugee defence represent truly groundbreaking undertakings from a rising scholar of contemporary anarchism.

Organised to illustrate the development of the diversity of anarchist strategies and tactics over time, the book begins with a discussion of alternative media projects before turning attention to anarchist involvement in broader community-based movements. Case studies include a discussion of anarchists and rank-and-file workplace organising, anarchist anti-borders struggles and "No One Is Illegal" movements in defence of immigrants and refugees since 9/11, and anarchist free schools and community centres.

Jeff Shantz’s analysis demonstrates serious and grounded practices rooted in anarchist organising: practices that may draw on previous traditions and practices but also innovate and experiment. The varied selection of case studies allows the author to compare groups that are geared primarily towards anarchist and radical subcultures with anarchist involvement in more diverse community-based coalitions, an approach that is otherwise lacking in the literature on contemporary anarchism.

Summary

Debates and Directions
19

Media and Anarchy
39

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
65

Developing WorkersAutonomy
91

Anarchism Borders and Resistance
113

The Anarchist Free Skool
135

A Constructive Anarchist Approach
153

Quiet Revolutions Constructive Anarchy and Mutual Aid
175

References
187


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