A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2004
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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 acoherent 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 blanketopposition 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 ofthe reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after reading this book.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780192804778
Branch Call Number: 335.83 War
Characteristics: 109 p. : ill. --


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May 06, 2014

A very good primer on anarchism's historical ideology and the men and women who shaped it. Also has plenty of recommendations for more in depth reading, which is incredibly helpful.

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