Postanarchism: A Politics of Anti-Politics

Newman, Saul. 2011. Postanarchism: A Politics of Anti-Politics. Journal of Political Ideologies, 16(3), pp. 313-327. ISSN 1356-9317 [Article]

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This article outlines a politics of postanarchism, which is based on a
radical renewal—via poststructuralist theory—of classical anarchism’s critique
of statism and authority and its political ethics of egalibertarianism. I contend that
while many of the theoretical categories of classical anarchism continue to be
relevant today—and indeed are becoming more relevant with the collapse of
competing radical projects and what might be seen as a paradigm shift from the
representative politics of the party and vanguard to that of movements and
decentralized networks—its humanist and rationalist epistemological framework
needs to be rethought in the light of poststructuralist and postmodern theories.
Here I develop an alternative understanding of anarchism based on a nonessentialist
politics of autonomy.

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