Postanarchism: A politics of anti-politics

Saul Abraham Newman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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