Anarchist Studies

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, 2011

About This Issue's Cover
Anarchist Studies is fortunate indeed to feature a new pen and ink portrait of Colin Ward (based on a photograph taken near Ward's home) by Clifford Harper, one of anarchism's most well-known illustrators and critical voices. Harper's career spans four...
Anarchism & Sexuality. Ethics, Relationships and Power
Jamie Heckert and Richard Cleminson (eds.), Anarchism & Sexuality. Ethics, Relationships and Power London: Routledge, 201 1 ; 232 pp ISBN 978-0-415-59989-4; £75.00 (hbk)This is a timely collection of original articles dealing with connections between...
Anarchy as Order: The History of Civic Humanity
Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Anarchy as Order: the History of Civic Humanity Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc, 2009I came to this work full of excitement. So much about this book suggests a new sociological and refreshing take on the question of...
Colin Ward: Anarchism and Social Policy
ABSTRACTThis paper aims to highlight the contributions made to British social policy debates by thinkers working within the anarchist tradition by focusing on the writing of the post-war British anarchist Colin Ward. It will argue that Ward framed anarchism...
Colin Ward: Anarchy and Organisation
ABSTRACTThroughout his writings, Colin Ward sought to develop an anarchist theory of organisation, emphasising voluntary association and functional groups which would coordinate their activities through horizontal networks or federations. Ward drew on...
Colin Ward and Kropotkin's Legacy
ABSTRACTThis article analyzes the influence of Peter Kropotkin on the thought and projects of Colin Ward. Kropotkin was central to Ward's 'practical anarchism', both as a role model and in the Russian's ideas. Ward did not, however, uncritically accept...
Colin Ward and the New Left
ABSTRACTThis article discusses the relationship between Colin Ward and the British New Left in the 1950s and the 1960s. Although Ward was deeply suspicious of Marxism, there were participants in the emerging and evolving New Left who were attracted to...
Colin Ward: Sower of Anarchist Ideas
ABSTRACTDrawing on personal experience, this article examines Colin Ward's life and works, explores the nature and originality of his anarchism and argues that he was one of the great British anarchists of the last half of the twentieth century.Keywords...
Dreamers of a New Day
Sheila Rowbotham, Dreamers of a New Day London: Verso: 2010 Hbk: 978-1844677030, £11; Pbk 978-1 8446761 32, £17.95Author of a recent splendid biography of Edward Carpenter (2008), Sheila Rowbotham is a well-known socialist historian and feminist. Her...
Introduction: Colin Ward (1924-2010)
I am personally not waiting for concerted action, for I am in my own person concerted action! I am not waiting for the revolution, for I am myself the revolution! Before the revolution comes, you must have the revolutionary. Before you consolidate the...
Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Simon Fairlie, Meat: A Benign Extravagance East Meon: Permanent Publications, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-85623-055-1Meat is, for the most part, an excellent work. Alongside a passionate and radical critique of much that is wrong with modern food production and...
New Reformation
Paul Goodman, New Reformation Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2010Paul Goodman emerged from within the New York intellectual scene of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly that connected with Partisan Review. By the 1960s he had become a campus cult figure and a...
Remembering Colin Ward, 1924-2010
Ross Bradshaw, Ben Ward, Harriet Ward and Ken Worpole (eds.), Remembering Colin Ward, 1924-2010 Nottingham: Five Leaves, 2010; 52pp. ISBN 978-1-907869-28-0; £5In recent months I have developed a strong personal interest in funerals and obituaries: my...
Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader
Gustav Landauer, Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader Edited and translated by Gabriel Kuhn Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1-60486-054-2) and London: Merlin Press, 2010 (ISBN: 9780850366712)'The state is a social relationship; a...
Social Anarchism, Lifestyle Anarchism, and the Anarchism of Colin Ward
ABSTRACTIn a famous polemical article, Murray Bookchin contrasts social and lifestyle anarchisms and argues that there is an 'unbridgeable chasm' between them. This article traces a parallel debate in British anarchism at the start of the 1960s and explains...
The Floodgates of Anarchy
Stuart Christie & Albert Meltzer, The Floodgates of Anarchy Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2010; 144pp, £12 ISBN: 978-1-60486-105-1PM Press, a young and vibrant anarchist publishing house in San Francisco, have reissued The Floodgates of Anarchy, a seminal...
The Idea of Communism
Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek (eds.), The Idea of Communism London: Verso, 2010In March 2009 a large conference was held at the Institute of Education in London to discuss the 'Idea' of communism. It brought together a number of Marxist philosophers,...
'The Man Who Knows His Village' Colin Ward and Freedom Press
ABSTRACTIt was during the Second World War that Colin Ward came into contact with the anarchist movement and started his long lasting activity as an 'anarchist columnist'. From 1943, he became involved in the Freedom Press Group. This article will analyse...
The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement
Derek Wall, The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement London: Pluto, 2010 ISBN: 978-0745330365, £13This little book by Derek Wall is essentially a primer and manifesto of eco-socialism advocated by the Green Party. Wall seems...
Utopies Américaines: Expériences Libertaires Du XIXe Siècle À Nos Jours
Ronald Creagh, Utopies Américaines: Expériences libertaires du XIXe siècle à nos jours Marseille: Agone, 2009, 397ppAlmost three decades ago Ronald Creagh published a groundbreaking work, Laboratoires de l'Utopie (Laboratories of Utopia), which was the...
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