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The politics of attack

Communiqués and insurrectionary violence

By Dr Michael Loadenthal

The politics of attack

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1444-0
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.99
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Politics, Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics & government, Anarchism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, HISTORY / Revolutionary, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Revolutionary groups & movements, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Anarchism, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies

Description

Since the early 2000s, global, underground networks of insurrectionary anarchists have carried out thousands of acts of political violence. This book is an exploration of the ideas, strategies, and history of these political actors that engage in a confrontation with the oppressive powers of the state and capital. This book challenges the reader to consider the historically ignored articulations put forth by those who communicate through sometimes violent political acts-vandalism, sabotage, arson and occasional use of explosives. These small acts of violence are announced and contextualized through written communiqués, which are posted online, translated, and circulated globally. This book offers the first contemporary history of these digitally-mediated networks, and seeks to locate this tendency within anti-state struggles from the past.

Author

Michael Loadenthal is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio and Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association

Contents

1. Concerning method and the study of political violence
2. Insurrection as history from Guy Fawkes to black blocs
3. Insurrection as a post-millennial, clandestine, network of cells
4. Insurrection as warfare, terrorism and revolutionary design
5. Insurrection as theory, text and strategy
6. Insurrection as value-driven theory and action
7. Insurrection as anti-securitization communication
References
Index

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