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Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction

by Colin Ward - £7.99  Oxford University Press (2004)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780192804778 | ISBN 10: 0192804774

The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest against government. But is it inevitable linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists adhere to a coherent ideology? What exactly is anarchism?
 
Colin Ward considers anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring major anarchist thinkers from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He looks critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its blanket opposition to incarceration, and its policy of 'no compromise' with the apparatus of political decision making. Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is it more 'organised' and 'reasonable' than is currently perceived?
 
Whatever the politics of the reader, Colin Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after reading this book.

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