By Jonathan Purkis, James Bowen

The large protests opposed to globalisation lately have re-awoken curiosity in anarchism. altering anarchism units out to reposition anarchist idea and perform through documenting modern anarchist perform and supplying a plausible analytical framework for figuring out it.

The contributions right here, from either lecturers and activists, elevate difficult and occasionally provocative questions on the advanced nature of energy and resistance to it. The parts coated contain: sexuality and id; mental dependency on know-how; libertarian schooling; faith and spirituality; protest strategies; psychological healthiness and creative expression; and the continued 'metaphorical wars' opposed to medicines and terror. This assortment epitomises the wealthy variety that exists inside modern anarchism in addition to demonstrating its ongoing relevance as a sociological tool.

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Id=10096092&ppg=37 Anti-capitalism and poststructuralist anarchism 2S AnarchIsts, old and new alike, IllSISt that power relations saturate multiple net­ works and must be resisted acc ord i ngl)\ Arguments against hierarch}� inequality and against capitalism itself are abun­ dant in anarchist literature. It is here that we find evidence both of social anar­ chism's indebtedness to and its repudiation of Marxist theory. Bakunin is a splendid example of the way in which social anarchism on the one hand embraces Marx's moral critique of capitalism and on the other rejects its preferred revolu­ tionary strateg)\ Although there are serious differences between the anarchist and Marxist conceptions of human nature, Bakunin readily draws on Marx's account of alienation in his attack on the dehumanising consequences of capitalist pro­ duction.

Fleeting and tem­ pOl al)' Ull il y signi (it's Lilt:: com iug logelilt'l of lhis lllovelllelll of movelllenlS, boLll at the level of the broader movement itself during protests, and frequentl y within the individual groups or movements themselves. As Ian \'(lelsh has illustrated, we are beginning to witness the arrival of the self-organising movement which exists without anything which can be idcnrified as a traditional organisational Structure. The existence of move­ melus as networks capable of producing fleeting mobilisations to perform quite specific direct actions at short notice represents a very different model of cultural contestation compared to the essen tially 1970s models which have shaped much social mow::ment research.

Changing Anarchism : Anarchist Theory and Practice in a Global Age. Manchester, , GBR: Manchester University Press, 2004. p 30. id=10096092&ppg=42 - - New social movements Formations and rationales Although undoubtedly a construct of academics' analyses of popular protest, new social movements are real and tangible. Defining precisely the ontology of Anti-capitalism and poststructuralist anarchism JI new social movements IS beyond the scope of this chapter, but it seems fairly evident that the recent wave of anti-capitalist protests across the globe has illus­ trated the vitality of such movements, even if they are more complex than the label or construct suggests.

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