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How Not to Be Governed Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left
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January 2011 • $85.00 • (£51.95)
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Pages: 244
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Edited by Jimmy Casas Klausen and James Martel
Contributions by Banu Bargu; George Ciccariello-Maher; Katherine Gordy; Vanessa Lemm; Elena Loizidou; Todd May; Keally McBride and Jacqueline Stevens
 
Political Science | American Government / General
Lexington Books
How Not to Be Governed explores the contemporary debates and questions concerning anarchism in our own time. The authors address the political failures of earlier practices of anarchism, and the claim that anarchism is impracticable, by examining the anarchisms that have been theorized and practiced in the midst of these supposed failures. The authors revive the possibility of anarchism even as they examine it with a critical lens. Rather than breaking with prior anarchist practices, this volume reveals the central values and tactics of anarchism that remain with us, practiced even in the most unlikely and "impossible" contexts.
Jimmy Casas Klausen is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
James Martel is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University.
1 1. Introduction: "How Not to Be Governed"
2 2. Anarchist Methods and Political Theory
3 3. An Anarchism That Is Not Anarchism: Notes toward a Critique of Anarchist Imperialism
4 4. Beside the State: Anarchist Strains in Cuban Revolutionary Thought
5 5. Kant via Rancière: From Ethics to Anarchism
6 6. Nietzsche, Aristocratism and Non-domination
7 7. Max Stirner, Postanarchy avant la lettre
8 8. The late Foucault's premodernity
9 9. The ambivalent anarchism of Hannah Arendt
10 10. Emma Goldman and the Power of Revolutionary Love
11 11. "This is what Democracy looks like"
This is a unique and exciting collection of inquiries into anarchism and political theory, anarchism as political theory. Martel and Klausen's introduction usefully situates anarchism in relation to contemporary political struggles. The authors make use of a wide variety of political theorists, including Foucault, Arendt, Benjamin, and Nietzsche, to discern and develop anarchist themes.
Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawai'i


Rather than simply rehashing classical anarchism, this work offers a genuinely original and innovative re-engagement with the properly heterogeneous and heretical dimension of anarchist thought, emphasising its untimely timeliness. With the category of 'critical anarchism,' anarchism is taken beyond the epistemological boundaries of the old masters like Bakunin and Kropotkin, revitalized through a dialogue with alternative perspectives such as post-structuralism, and reconsidered in the context of today's struggles against neo-colonialism and global capitalism. Critical anarchism thus brings to light the diversity and liveliness of anarchism, showing that it is more productively thought as a horizon of becoming. Above all, in pointing to the potential of anarchism as an alternative to the failures of statism on the one hand, and capitalism on the other, the book reminds us of the original libertarian-egalitarian impulse at the heart of radical politics and thus makes a vital contribution to what I see as the fundamental political challenge of today: reclaiming the ethical project of how not to be governed from the grasp of the radical Right.
Saul Newman, Professor of Political Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London


Fresh, brave, and excellent to think with. Nothing beats this as an original, critical and sympathetic reassessment of anarchism as a body of evolving emancipatory practices and as a body of knowledge. I can't wait to teach it.
James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University


 
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