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Black flags and social movements

A sociological analysis of movement anarchism

By Dana M. Williams

Black flags and social movements

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0555-4
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: November 2017
  • BIC Category: Politics, Sociology, Political science & theory, Comparative politics, Anarchism, HISTORY / Social History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Society & social sciences / Anarchism
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies

Description

Anarchism may be the most misunderstood political ideology of the modern era, and one of the least studied social movements by English-speaking scholars. Black flags and social movements addresses this deficit with an in-depth analysis of contemporary anarchist movements as interpreted by social movement theories and political sociology. Using unique data gathered by anarchists themselves, Williams presents longitudinal and international analyses that focus upon who anarchists are, and where they may be found.

Social movement ideas including political opportunity, new social movements, and social capital theory, are relevant and adaptable to understanding anarchist movements. Due to their sometimes limited numbers and identities as radical anti-authoritarians, anarchists often find themselves collaborating with numerous other social movements, bringing along their values, ideas and tactics.

Author

Dana M. Williams is an Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico

Contents

Preface: Where Does Anarchy Begin?
Part I: Movement Overview
1. Introduction to Social Movements: Anarchism as a Unique Example
2. Anarchists as Individuals: A Micro-Structural Analysis
3. Anarchists of the World, Unite! A Meso-Structural Analysis
Part II: Theoretical Interpretation
4. The Significance of Social Movement Theory to Anarchism
5. Anti-State Political Opportunities
6. Anarchism as a "New Social Movement"?
7. Social Capital in Anarchist Movements
Part III: Interaction
8. Radical Isomorphism and the Anti-Authoritarian Diffusion of Leaderless Organizations
9. Conclusion: Revisiting the Epistemology of Anarchist Movements
Appendix A: Sources of knowledge and error
Bibliography

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