Cover

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Title, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction. Becoming Beautiful: To Make the Colossus Tremble

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pp. 1-24

A few years ago, Gerry Kearns (2009b, 58) wrote, “It must be admitted that anarchist studies in geography remain a hope rather than a reality.” Plain and simple, this book aims to change that. For far too long, geographers have ignored anarchism and the beautiful praxis it implies. My intention with this book is to return anarchist studies to the center of geography’s disciplinary map. Or, perhaps more accurately, I seek to remind readers that geography has never...

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1. A Brief Genealogy of Anarchist Geographies

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pp. 25-42

Anarchism and geography have had a long courtship. Like in any extended romance, there have been periods of deep engagement and connection and times when ambivalence and even separation have occurred. Yet if we are to accept anarchism as the dismantling of unequal power relations and the pursuit of reorganizing the way we live in the world along more egalitarian, voluntary, altruistic, and cooperative lines, then it becomes necessary to appreciate anarchism as a geographical endeavor. Similarly, if geography is to b...

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2. What Geography Still Ought to Be

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pp. 43-64

Anarchism is a maligned political philosophy; of this there can be no doubt. Typically anarchism is portrayed as a chaotic expression of violence perpetrated against the supposedly peaceable “order” of the state. Yet such depictions misrepresent the core of anarchist thought, which is properly understood as the rejection of all forms of domination, exploitation, and “archy” (systems of rule), hence the word an-archy (against systems of rule). Anarchism is a theory and practice that seeks to produce a society wherein individuals may freely cooperate...

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3. Returning to Geography’s Radical Roots

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pp. 65-96

Responding to David Harvey’s (1972) influential essay on revolutionary and counterrevolutionary theory in geography, which in hindsight effectively inaugurated a “radical turn” for the discipline, Steen Folke (1972) outlined an argument as to “why a radical geography must be Marxist.” The upper-middle-class background of most academics and the realization that geography had up to that point largely developed in a way that expressed dominant social forces ...

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4. Emancipatory Space

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pp. 97-130

In establishing an anarchist framework for understanding public space as a vision for radical democracy, this chapter proceeds as a theoretical inquiry into how an agonistic public space might become the basis of emancipation. Emancipation, as it is understood here, means perpetual contestation of the alienating effects of capitalism and its contemporary expression as neoliberalism. Central to this is imagining new forms of voluntary association and mutual aid,...

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5. Integral Anarchism

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pp. 131-154

I used to think that my path toward anarchism was above all informed by a commitment to nonviolence, a conviction that was initiated by reading the works of renowned Russian novelist and thinker Leo Tolstoy, whose masterpiece War and Peace (Tolstoy [1869] 2006) served as a point of inspiration. Given that the popular geopolitical imagination—in a convenient ruse for legitimizing sovereign authority—sees anarchism as a synonym for violence, positioning anarchism...

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6. The Anarchist Horizon

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pp. 155-178

In A Thousand Plateaus, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (1987) introduced the concept of the “arborescent” to describe a vertical, treelike ontology of totalizing principles and binary thought. They contrasted this with the notion of the “rhizome,” which is marked by a horizontal ontology, wherein things, ideas, and politics are able to link up in nonhierarchical patterns of association. It is fair to say that a certain arborescence with respect to the political ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 179-180

First and foremost, I thank my beautiful family. Marni has been by my side for nearly twenty years, and I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful, patient, and loving partner in life. Thank you for all that you are and all that you give. There is so much light in my life because of the love we share. My children, Solina, Odin, and Tyr, are my greatest teachers, and I’m humbled by the profound wisdom ...

Notes

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pp. 181-184

Bibliography

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pp. 185-218

Index

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pp. 219-230