Changing anarchism

Anarchist theory and practice in a global age

Edited by Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

Changing anarchism

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6695-5
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.99
  • Published Date: June 2012
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Anarchism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, Anarchism, Politics


The massive protests against globalisation in recent years have re-awoken interest in anarchism. Changing anarchism, finally available in paperback, sets out to reposition anarchist theory and practice by documenting contemporary anarchist practice and providing a viable analytical framework for understanding it.

The contributions here, from both academics and activists, raise challenging and sometimes provocative questions about the complex nature of power and resistance to it. The areas covered include: sexuality and identity; psychological dependency on technology; libertarian education; religion and spirituality; protest tactics; mental health and artistic expression; and the ongoing 'metaphorical wars' against drugs and terror. This collection epitomises the rich diversity that exists within contemporary anarchism as well as demonstrating its ongoing relevance as a sociological tool.


Introduction: Why anarchism still matters - James Bowen and Jonathan Purkis
Part 1: Thinking
1. Anticapitalism and poststructuralist anarchism- Dave Morland
2. Towards an anarchist sociology - Jonathan Purkis
3. Lived poetry: Stirner, anarchy, subjectivity and the art of living - John Moore
4. Technology is Capital: Fifth Estate's critique of the megamachine - Steve Millett
Part 2: Doing
5. Sexuality | Identity | Politics- Jamie Heckert
6. Moving targets: rethinking anarchist strategies -James Bowen 7. What did you do in the Drug War Daddy? - Colin Craig
8. Art - Resistance and liberation - Joanna Gore
Part 3: Being
9. The Anarchist travelling circus: reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene - Karen Goaman
10. Good news for Francisco Ferrer - how anarchist ideals in education have survived around the world - David Gribble 11. Enchantment and its uses: religion and spirituality in environmental direct action - Bronislaw Szerszynski and Emma Tomalin
Conclusion: How anarchism still matters - Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen


Jonathan Purkis is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University

James Bowen is Literacy Development Officer for Kirklees Council

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