Anarchism from the Margins: Introducing New Developments in Anarchist Studies

[This is the introduction & appendix 4 ~"About Surrey" of "New Developments in Anarchist Studies", collected papers from the 5th annual NAASN conference, 2014, edited by Jeff Shantz & pj lilley, published 2015 via 'Thought|Crimes' press imprint of punctum books. Download the entire book as pdf here or as epub, or order in print.]

Anarchism is enjoying a rather remarkable renaissance, in theory and in practice, through the first decades of the twenty-first century. Notably this renaissance is taking place simultaneously in the streets and in the schools, in activism as well as in academia. The reasons for the resurgence of anarchism are varied but without question the primary impetus has been the community opposition to neoliberal capitalist globalism and associated regimes of austerity and repression along with the pressing fact of ecological crisis. Many are inspired to act by the enormity of current social and ecological harms and the growing realization among wider sectors of the population that these are not problems that can be resolved within the framework of state managed capitalist development. At the same time many among newer generations of activists, and some of the earlier generations, have seen or learned from the failures of previous frameworks of resistance politics, particularly the statist forms of the various Marxisms and social democracies. For many, anarchism stands as the most promising basis for analyzing and understanding contemporary capitalist societies and for informing an opposition to capitalist arrangements in such as way as to pose a realistic, positive, liberatory alternative.

Logistical Anarchism

[From the fall/winter 2014 issue of The Fifth Estate (#392): ||  Available as an epub, and in different print formats via The Anarchist Library: ]

Social resistance has reached a certain impasse, a conundrum as nation states impose austerity as an extended regime of governance throughout social life.

Cyber Disobedience- Re://Presenting Online Anarchy

Published November 28, 2014 by Zero Books!

a new book from Jeff Shantz & Jordon Tomblin

Few activities have captured the contemporary popular imagination as hacking and online activism, from Anonymous and beyond. Few political ideas have gained more notoriety recently than anarchism. Yet both remain misunderstood and much maligned. Cyber Disobedience provides a most engaging and detailed analysis of online civil disobedience and anarchism today.

Anarchy & Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology

Anarchy & Society COVER IMAGE Hardcover now available (Nov. 2013) ISBN13: 9789004214965

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Paperback, Haymarket Books (November 2014):

Jeff Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Dana M. Williams, Valdosta State University, GA

Anarchy & Society explores the many ways in which the discipline of Sociology and the philosophy of anarchism are compatible. The book constructs possible parameters for a future ‘anarchist sociology’, by a sociological exposition of major anarchist thinkers (including Kropotkin, Proudhon, Landauer, Goldman, and Ward), as well as an anarchist interrogation of key sociological concepts (including social norms, inequality, and social movements). Sociology and anarchism share many common interests—although often interpreting each in divergent ways—including community, solidarity, feminism, crime and restorative justice, and social domination. The synthesis proposed by Anarchy & Society is reflexive, critical, and strongly anchored in both traditions.

TAO Communications 10-Point Program

The following was the TAO Basis of Unity. It should be pointed out that this document is closely based on the Black Panther Party's 10 Point Program (and was adapted ~ 1999) The collective now operates as "OAT". Punching Out Press reprinted these demands for distribution as a 2-up flyer for photocopying on A4 page, during the #OccupyVancouver encampment in the fall of 2011.

Green Syndicalism: an alternative red/green vision

A new book! Just released from Syracuse University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8156-3307-5 (6X9, 280pgs. notes, Bibliography | Index) From the pre-published proofs, here is a PDF with the full Table of Contents, Preface & Acknowledgements. About the book:

It is widely understood that the burdens of ecological destruction are borne disproportionately by working-class and poor communities, both through illness and disease caused by pollutants and through the depletion of natural resources from which they make a living. Yet, consistently, the voices of the working class are the most marginalized, excluded, and silenced when discussing how to address ecological concerns and protect the environment from future destruction. Both mainstream environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and radical environmentalists, such as EarthFirst!, are reluctant to engage with working-class and poor communities, often viewing blue-collar workers as responsible for the destruction these groups are trying to prevent. In Green Syndicalism, Shantz issues a call to action to the environmental movement and labor activists, particularly rank and file workers, to join forces in a common struggle to protect the environment from capitalism, corporate greed, and the extraction of resources. He argues for a major transformation to address the "jobs versus the environment" rhetoric that divides these two groups along lines of race and class. Combining practical initiatives and theoretical perspectives, Shantz

Anarchist Pedagogies - Collective Actions, Theories and Critical Reflections on Education

Jeff's got two different chapters in this new ANARCHIST PEDAGOGIES book, just released from PM Press. In the 2nd section, "...In the Here & Now", his chapter 7 is on "Spaces of Learning: The Anarchist Free Skool" (history on the early days of this Toronto experiment) and he's also written chapter 9, "Learning to Win: Anarchist Infrastructures of Resistance", on alternative approaches to education in a blue-collar working class community context.

Black Blocs in Theory and Practice

[NB. This PDF is an earlier draft version of Chapter 2 in Jeff's book "Active Anarchy", which, although recently published, was actually written several years ago ~ 2003. We are re-posting it here now given the recent firestorm of debate over the bloc tactic.

The text is laid out in book format in the PDF attachment here. You can find the in-text citations in the Active Anarchy bibliography as well as end notes here. ]

Chapter 2
Black Blocs in Theory and Action

While sociologists have paid little attention to such unruly movements, criminologists have recently shown some interest in taking anarchism seriously as politics.

Defining an Anarchist-Sociology: A Long Anticipated Marriage

New issue of the journal Theory in Action available today, includes this article by Dana M. Williams and Jeff Shantz...

ABSTRACT: There is no established intellectual tradition of an “anarchist- sociology”—yet. A vibrant synthesis of anarchism and sociology has yet to be generated, whether that synthesis would be mere subject matter or a subfield within Sociology, or if it were an established ideology or theoretical tradition. Here, we compare these two distinct traditions, with an eye towards potential overlap. A definition for anarchist-sociology rooted in praxis—a critique of society and a transformative vision of societies—is created. As anarchism has a strong—yet unfocused—sociological theme already, we focus on anarchizing the discipline of Sociology in-line with core anarchist values, namely freedom, anti-authoritarianism, direct action, mutual aid, and decentralization.

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