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From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power

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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
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Published September 1st 2007 by Lexington Books (first published April 11th 2001)
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Jeff
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
Rheuben Bundy
A good exposition of post structuralist and anarchist thought, centering in on the problem of essentialist conceptualizaton, and the discursive regimes that form around them.
Tyler
Wow! Great intro to post-anarchist studies as well as continental philosophy.
Chris
Not entirely sold on Newman. There is something odd about trying to bring post-structuralism to anarchism in a dry analytic tone, but the section on Stirner was such a relief in a sea of simplistic readings of him from both those sympathetic or not
Jan
Theoretically sound, but I miss a political 'program'
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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 ...more
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