21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and by Giorel Curran

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By Giorel Curran

Anarchism has seldom had strong press, and anarchists have continually confronted resistance to their political philosophy. regardless of this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly stimulated the fashionable political panorama. Giorel Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization flow. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - yet reconceptualized - anarchism into the guts of twenty first century dissent.

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The convergences between anarchist views and those of other poststructuralists have been highlighted more recently in the work of ‘postanarchists’, as discussed in a subsequent section. In rejecting a deterministic and class-reductionist view of power, and in arguing that there exists a myriad of micro-technologies of power with ‘totalizing’ effects, Foucault locates the sources of this power as both within and outside the state. To the degree that it is resourced with very potent ‘technologies of power’, the state is well situated to effect ‘relations of force’ that well serve its objectives of social control.

Like Newman, he identifies an essentialist tendency as classical anarchism’s central weakness, although how he reconciles a non-essentialism with an anarchist practice that is ‘universal in scope’ becomes more problematic (see Glavin 2004, 3). Sharing similarities with both Bey’s ‘post-anarchism’ anarchy and May’s poststructural anarchism, Newman fleshes out his postanarchism considerably. He traces anarchism’s modern (or post-modern) transformation from an ideologically rigid classical anarchism to an open and diverse configuration underpinned by the insights of poststructuralism.

Now that ‘truth’ had been discovered and the ‘common good’ defined, all that remained was the translation of these principles into rational social 30 21st Century Dissent models. The modernism that resulted was positivistic, technocratic and rationalistic. Viewed in this way, postmodernism was a rebellion against the anthropocentric, androcentric and ethnocentric sensibilities of modernism. These insights collected in the new social movements and particularly the green movement, as well as stimulating new theoretical developments within anarchist thought itself.

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