Anarchism

To what degree can anarchism be an effective organized movement Is it realistic to think of anarchist ideas ever forming the basis for social life itself These questions are widely being asked again today in response to the forces of economic globalization The framework for such discussions was perhaps given its most memorable shape, however, in George Woodcock s classiTo what degree can anarchism be an effective organized movement Is it realistic to think of anarchist ideas ever forming the basis for social life itself These questions are widely being asked again today in response to the forces of economic globalization The framework for such discussions was perhaps given its most memorable shape, however, in George Woodcock s classic study of anarchism now widely recognized as the most significant twentieth century overview of the subject.Woodcock surveys all of the major figures that shaped anarchist thought, from Godwin and Proudhon to Bakunin, Goldman, and Kropotkin, and looks as well at the long term prospects for anarchism and anarchist thought In Woodcock s view pure anarchism characterized by the loose and flexible affinity group which needs no formal organization was incompatible with mass movements that require stable organizations, that are forced to make compromises in the face of changing circumstances, and that need to maintain the allegiance of a wide range of supporters Yet Woodcock continued to cherish anarchist ideals as he said in a 1990 interview, I think anarchism and its teachings of decentralization, of the coordination of rural and industrial societies, and of mutual aid as the foundation of any viable society, have lessons that in the present are especially applicable to industrial societies This classic work of intellectual history and political theory first published in the 1960s, revised in 1986 is now available exclusively from UTP Higher Education.
Anarchism To what degree can anarchism be an effective organized movement Is it realistic to think of anarchist ideas ever forming the basis for social life itself These questions are widely being asked again t

  • Title: Anarchism
  • Author: George Woodcock Mark Leier
  • ISBN: 9781551116297
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Anarchism”

    1. Woodcock defines the subject of this work along the following lines: ". . .a system of social thought, aiming at fundamental changes in the structure of society and particularly. . the replacement of the authoritarian state by some sort of nongovernmental co-operation between free individuals." Once thus stated, of course, many readers would instantly dismiss the project described. However, this is a very nice overview of libertarian/anarchist thinkers and, as such, serves a useful purpose. The [...]

    2. Bu kitap bazen kavramların anlamlandırılmasında yaptığım ciddi hataları bana bi daha gösterdi. Neredeyse tamamen farklı anladığım anarşi ve anarşizm kavramını daha net görebilmemi , kavrayabilmemi sağladı. Kesinlikle okunmasını tavsiye ettiğim bir kitaptır. Politik ya da apolitik olun farketmez.Kavramlara anlam kazandırmadakı hatalarınızı belki görebilirsiniz benim gibi

    3. Truth be told, I didn't actually enjoy many parts of this book. It is the type of book that is so broad in scope that there will certainly be something for everyone to dislike.But it is very comprehensive and a great start to learning about classical anarchism. The first half devotes a chapter to an important anarchist theorist. Represented are: Godwin, Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Tolstoy. The Stirner chapter - only 10 pages - is easily the worst part of the book. More than half o [...]

    4. Note this rating is based on the first half. My copy has a printing error and it's missing a big chunk of the second half. The first half is an engaging history of the roots of anarchist ideas. It covers most of the major thinkers like Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, etc, and provides a good summary of their lives and ideas. The chapter on Stirner is a bit lacking. It's clear that Woodcock was not a fan, and he doesn't analyze his ideas much. Still, he acknowledges Stirner's influence on anarchist th [...]

    5. G. W. uses the concepts like progressive or retrogressive (reaction), I do not approve such concetualizing when I read historians. However, 1980s' historiography is open to such terms. In general, also, G.W. curses the political violence by emphasizing pacifist "dctrines" of the Anarchist theoricians. I can easily say that he should have mentioned more frequently some positive perspectives on violence. In addition, feminist theory of Anarchy by Emma Goldman is neglected, G. W. may have been anno [...]

    6. En nästan lite för bra introduktion till anarkismen.Boken börjar med en ganska omständlig introduktion till anarkismen, en överblick av dessa många olika inriktingar med fokus på författarens egen syn på anarkismen. Denna introduktion följs sedan av ingående analyser av anarkismens portalfigurer och dess verk, som till exempel Thomas Paine, William Godwin, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Michail Bakunin och Peter Kropotkin, med flera. Boken avslutas sedan med en historisk genomgång av anarki [...]

    7. If you're at all interested in Anarchism, this is an essential read. It gives a good rundown on it's history and various streams of thought. It's a good jumping off point as well, naming off major thinkers and works to reference if you decide to delve deeper. MORE HERE

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