Anthropology and Anarchy: their elective affinity. GARP11

Morris, Brian. 2005. Anthropology and Anarchy: their elective affinity. GARP11. Other. Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers., London, UK. [Report]

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This essay brings together anthropology and anarchism, first by an examination of anthropologists who have expressed an interest in anarchism, then by discussion of classical anarchist thinkers who have drawn upon anthropological literature to develop their ideas. The second part of the essay offers some reflections on anarchism as a political tradition and deals with certain misconceptions that have been forwarded by its liberal and Marxist critics.

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Brian Morris is Professor Emeritus in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths College. He carried out fieldwork in South India, and has published on the anthropology of religion, conceptions of the self, and on herbalism in Malawi. He has also written on ethnobotany, ethnozoology, classification, religion, ritual and symbolism, hunter-gatherer societies, herbalism and fungi. His most recent publication is Animals and Insects, a study of human-insect interactions in Malawi.

The Brian Morris Prize was founded in 2004 and is awarded to the undergraduate anthropology dissertation at Goldsmiths that most embodies the creative spirit of Brian Morris. Each prize-winning paper will be published as an issue of GARP.


anthropology; anarchism; Marxism; liberalism

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16 May 2008 15:26

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07 Dec 2012 12:49


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