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From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power
by Saul Newman
In its comparison of anarchist and poststructuralist thought, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the most pressing political problem we face today is the proliferation and intensification of power. Saul Newman targets the tendency of radical political theories and movements to reaffirm power and authority, in different guises, in their very attempt to overcome it. In his ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Lexington Books
(first published April 11th 2001)
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In clear and concise language Newman discusses the potentials and problems of marxist and classical anarchist theory. The discussion uses the critique of sterner as a jumping off point toward post-structrualist thought. He proceeds to outline a path of resistance to power utilizing the work of a number of authors. The description of foucault's views on power are well structured and very readable, though foucault's actual work is quite roundabout. The "differance" of Derrida and the "lack" of Lac ...more
Newman coined the term "post-anarchism" as a general term for political philosophies filtering 19th century anarchism through a post-structuralist lens, and later popularized it through his 2001 book From Bakunin to Lacan. Thus he rejects a number of concepts traditionally associated with anarchism, including essentialism, a "positive" human nature, and the concept of revolution. The links between ...moreMore about Saul Newman...