Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction

OUP Oxford, 21/10/2004 - 109 páginas
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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 a coherent 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 blanket opposition 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 of the reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after reading this book. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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This book is an essential read. In fact, I will go so far as to say this should be in the school syllabus, along with concepts like democracy Anarchic thought is interesting and fascinating but is ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Procura do Utilizador  - aront - LibraryThing

According to Wikipedia the author of this brief tome, Colin Ward, is "one of the greatest anarchist thinkers of the past half century." If so, then it is time to despair for anarchism. I have long ... Ler crítica na íntegra


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
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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 FiveLeaves Books of Nottingham, Cotters and Squatters, and (with David Crouch) The Allotment: Its Landscape and Culture, as well as (with Dennis Hardy) Arcadia for All: The Legacy of a Makeshift Landscape.

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