Postanarchism and space: Revolutionary fantasies and autonomous zones

Saul Abraham Newman

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In this paper, I call for a re-consideration of anarchism and its alternative ways of conceptualising spaces for radical politics. Here I apply a Lacanian analysis of the social imaginary to explore the utopian fantasies and desires that underpin social spaces, discourses and practices - including planning, and revolutionary politics. I will go on to develop - via Castoriadis and others - a distinctly post-anarchist conception of political space based around the project of autonomy and the re-situation of the political space outside the state. This will have direct consequences for an alternative conception of planning practice and theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-365
Number of pages22
JournalPlanning Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • (post)anarchism
  • autonomy
  • Lacan
  • planning theory
  • revolutionary politics


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