Anarchist Studies Network

A PSA Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism.


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Anarchism & Poststructuralism

Key Texts

Avelino, Nildo (2008). Anarquismos e Governamentalidade São Paulo, 400f. Doctoral Thesis, Pontifícia Universidade Católica.

Bey, Hakim [a.k.a. Peter Lamborn Wilson] (2003). The Temporary Autonomous Zone 2nd Edition''. New York: Autonomedia. Also available online. Bey's 'aesthetic terrorism' shows the influence of poststructuralist thought, especially Deleuze & Guattari, in the formation of what he elsewhere calls 'nomadosophy'(see

Bruns, Gerald L. (1997). Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

- - - (2006). On the Anarchy of Poetry and Philosophy: A Guide for the Unruly. New York: Fordham University Press.

Call, Lewis (2002). Postmodern Anarchism. Lanham: Lexington Books. <--Reviewed by Michael Glavin (see below).

- - - (2011). "Structures of desire: postanarchist kink in the speculative fiction of Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany." In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

Colson, Daniel (2001). Petit lexique philosophique de l'anarchisme de Proudhon à Deleuze. Paris: Librairie Générale Française.

- - - (2004). Trois essais de philosophie anarchiste: Islam, histoire, monadologie. Paris: Éditions Léo Scheer.

Day, Richard J.F. (2005). Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements. London, Pluto Press. <--Reviewed by Roger Farr (see below).

Dean, Kenneth, and Brian Massumi (1992) First & Last Emperors: The Absolute State & The Body of the Despot. New York, Autonomedia.

Farrer, Linden (2006). "A Revolt to Live: Post-Structuralist Anarchist Resistance Against the G8." Anarchist Studies 14.2: 131-155.

Ferguson, Kathy (2004). "E.G.: Emma Goldman, for Example." in Feminism and the Final Foucault. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Garcia, Raul (1999). La Anarquia Coronada: LA Filosofia De Gilles Deleuze. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Colihue.

García, Vivien (2007). L'Anarchisme aujourd'hui. Paris: L'Harmattan.

Hall, David L. (1982). Eros and Irony: A Prelude to Philosophical Anarchism. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Heckert, Jamie (2011). "On Anarchism: An Interview with Judith Butler". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

Kastner, Jens (2000). "'Kein Wesen, sondern Positionierung'. Zur Geschichte der Identitätspolitik." Arranca! 19: ??-??. <--Title translates as something like "No Nature, Only Positioning: Toward a History of Identity Politics."

- - - (2003). "Gegen Gewalt und Aktionismus Adornos Kritik taugt auch an seinem Hundersten Geburtstag noch, selbst für Soziale Bewegungen." graswurzelrevolution 282: ??-??. <--Title translates as something like "Against Violence and Actionism: Even at the age of one hundred, Adorno's critique is still relevant for social movements."

- - - (2004). "'Von den Schwierigkeiten, die Regierung stürzen zu wollen'. Neoliberalismus, Staat und Widerstand in Foucaults 'Gouvernementalitätsansatz'." graswurzelrevolution 290: 18.

- - - (2004). "'Langhaarige und frenetische Romantiker'. Antonio Gramsci und der Anarchismus." graswurzelrevolution 293: ??-??.

Koch, Andrew M. (1993) "Poststructuralism and the Epistemological Basis of Anarchism." Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23.3: 327-51. <--Abstract: "This essay identifies two different methodological strategies used by the proponents of anarchism. In what is termed the 'ontological' approach, the rationale for anarchism depends on a particular representation of human nature. That characterization of 'being' determines the relation between the individual and the structures of social life. In the alternative approach, the epistemological status of 'representation' is challenged, leaving human subjects without stable identities. Without the possibility of stable human representations, the foundations underlying the exercise of institutional power can be challenged. This epistemological discussion is traced from Max Stirner to the twentieth-century movement known as poststructuralism."

- - - (1997). "Max Stirner: the last Hegelian or the first poststructuralist?" Anarchist Studies 5.2: 95-108. <--Abstract: "Most political philosophers have argued that Stirner's concerns are compatible with those put forward by Hegel and by those influenced by Hegel. However, there is good reason for disputing this view, and for understanding Stirner as an original thinker, whose ideas in some ways anticipated the concerns of contemporary post-structuralists."

- - - (2007). Poststructuralism and the Politics of Method. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

- - - (2005). Knowledge and social construction. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Kuhn, Gabriel (2005). Tier-Werden, Schwarz-Werden, Frau-Werden: eine Einführung in die politische Philosophie des Poststrukturalismus. Münster: Unrast.

- - - (2007). Jenseits von Staat und Individuum, Gabriel Kuhn Jenseits von Staat und Individuum · Individualität und autonome Politik. Münster: Unrast.

Martin, Thomas S. (1997). "Steps Toward a Post-Western Anarchism." Social Anarchism 23: 11-22.

May, Todd (1989) 'Is Post-structuralist Political Theory Anarchist?' Philosophy and Social Criticism, 15(2): 167-182.

- - - (1994) The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism. University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press. <--Reviewed by John Moore (see below).

- - - (1995) The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism. University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press.

- - - (2000) "Poststructuralist Anarchism: An Interview with Todd May." Interview with Rebecca DeWitt. Perspectives on Anarchist Theory 4.2. .

Möll, Marc-Pierre (2000). "Kontigenz, Ironie und Anarchie. Das Lachen des Michel Foucault." Aufklärung und Kritik 7.2: 130-145.

Morland, David (2004) "Anti-Capitalism and Poststructuralist Anarchism." Changing Anarchism: Anarchist Theory and Practice in a Global Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 23-38.

Mümken, Jürgen, ed. (2005). Anarchismus in der Postmoderne: Beiträge zur anarchistischen Theorie und Praxis. Frankfurt am Main: Edition AV.

- - - (2003). Freiheit, Individualität und Subjektivität: Staat und Subjekt in der Postmoderne aus anarchistischer Perspektive. Frankfurt a.M.: Edition AV, 2003.

Moore, John (1995). "Prophets of the New World: Noam Chomsky, Murray Bookchin, and Fredy Perlman." Social Anarchism 20: ??-??.

- - - and Spencer Sunshine, eds. (2004). I Am Not a Man, I Am Dynamite!: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Anarchist Tradition. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia.

Newman, Saul (2008). 'Postanarchism', special issue of Anarchist Studies 16.2 (2008).

- - - (2007). "Anarchism, Poststructuralism and the Future of Radical Politics." SubStance 36.2: 3-19.

- - - (2001). From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2001. <--Reviewed by Todd May, below.

- - - (2005).Power and Politics in Poststructuralist Thought. London: Routledge. <--A collection of recent articles that develops Newman's 'Lacanian Anarchism'.

- - - (2004). "Spectres of Freedom in Stirner and Foucault: A Response to Caleb Smith's 'Solitude and Freedom.'" Postmodern Culture 14.3. <--Reply to Smith (below).

- - - (2001). "Spectres of Stirner: a Contemporary Critique of Ideology." Journal of Political Ideologies 6.3: 309-330.

- - - (2003). "Stirner and Foucault: Toward a Post-Kantian Freedom." Postmodern Culture 13.2. <--See reply by Smith (below).

Rousselle, Duane and Evren, Sureyya (eds.) Postanarchism: A Reader. Ann Arbor/London: Pluto Press.

Perez, Rolando (1996) On An(archy) & Schizoanalysis. New York: Autonomedia.

Schürmann, Reiner (1986). Heidegger on Being and Acting: From Principles to Anarchy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

- - - (1986). "On Constituting Oneself as an Anarchist Subject." Praxis International 6.3: 294-310.

Vaccaro, Salvo (2004). Anarchismo e Modernità. Pisa: BFS.


Antliff, Allan (2007). "Anarchy, Power, and Poststructuralism." SubStance 36.2: 56-66.

Cohn, Jesse (2002). "What is Postanarchism 'Post'?" Postmodern Culture 13.1.

- - - (2006). Anarchism and the Crisis of Representation: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Politics. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press.

- - - , and Sean Wilbur (2001). "What's Wrong with Postanarchism?" Publication of The Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Eckert, Lena (2011). "Post(-)anarchism and the contrasexual practices of cyborgs in dildotopia: or ‘The War on the Phallus’". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

Farr, Roger (2006). "Gramsci is Dead." Rev. of Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements by Richard Day. Rain Review 4.1: 8.

Franks, Benjamin (2007). "Postanarchism: A Critical Assessment." Journal of Political Ideologies 12.2: 127-145. <--Abstract: "Post-modernism has had a significant influence on anarchism, notably in the interrelation between the theoretical positions of libertarianism and post-structuralism (a set of theories and philosophies strongly identified with, but not identical to, post-modernism). This has generated a subset of anarchist thinking referred to as postanarchism. Postanarchism, like anarchism, is a fluid assemblage of political concepts that alters according to geographic and historical context. Within this paper, some of its key theorists, principal terms, and some of the structures that coordinate its central principles, are identified and assessed. The paper then concentrates on the apparent differences between postanarchism and more traditional anarchisms, arguing that rather than regarding postanarchism as a transcendence of anarchism, as some of its proponents maintain, it is more appropriate to regard postanarchism as representing a particular, historically specific constellation of practices, which consequently prioritizes particular discourses, agencies and tactics that are peculiar to these locations."

- - - (2006). "Questioning Postanarchism in the Age of Security." Political Science Association conference 2006. <--An earlier version of the article published as "Postanarchism: A Critical Assessment" (above).

- - - (2008). "Postanarchism and Meta-Ethics" in Anarchist Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2: 135-53.

Glavin, Michael (2004). "Power, Subjectivity, Resistance: Three Works on Postmodern Anarchism." The New Formulation 2.2: ??-??.

Gudule (1975). "Lire ou ne pas lire." Review of Michel Foucault, Surveiller et punir. La Lanterne Noire 3 (juin — juillet 1975): ??-??.

Heckert, J. (2011) "Fantasies of an Anarchist Sex Educator". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

- - - .(2011) "Sexuality as State Form". In D. Rousselle and S. Evren (eds.) Postanarchism: A Reader. Ann Arbor/London: Pluto Press.

- - - (2010) "Listening, Caring, Becoming: Anarchism As an Ethics of Direct Relationships". In B. Franks and M. Wilson (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

- - - . (2010) "Intimacy with Strangers/Intimacy with Self: Queer Experiences of Social Research." In K. Browne and C. Nash (eds.) Queering Methods and Methodologies: Queer Theory and Social Science Research. Farnham: Ashgate.

- - - . (2010). "Love without Borders? Intimacy, Identity and the State of Compulsory Monogamy." In M. Barker, D. Langdridge (eds.) Understanding Non-Monogamies, New York: Routledge.

- - - . (2005) "Resisting Orientation: On in the complexities of desire and the limits of identity politics". Self-published PhD thesis University of Edinburgh. Online at sexualorientation [dot]info/

Jeppesen, Sandra (2004). "Seeing Past the Outpost of Post-Anarchism. Anarchy: Axiomatic."

Kerspledeb (2006). book review of Gramsci is dead

Lubin, Oskar (2007). "Postanarchismus." graswurzelrevolution 318: ??-??. <--Abstract (translated from German): "Classical anarchism is not passé, but in view of theoretical developments and changed conditions, it requires some revisions. A sketch."

Moore, John (1997). "Anarchism and Poststructuralism." Review of The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism by Todd May. Anarchist Studies 5.2: 157-161.

Saul Newman (2005) "Interview", Siyahi Interlocal: Journal of Postanarchist Theory, Culture and Politics.

Nicholas, Lucy (2007). "Approaches to Gender, Power and Authority in Contemporary Anarcho-punk: Poststructuralist Anarchism?" eSharp 9. www <--This paper is concerned with the gender politics of the contemporary international anarchist punk scene which seemingly extends the punk 'DIY' ethic to gender. This extension results in politics that seek to deconstruct gender as a site of authority and reconstruct it in autonomous non-hierarchical terms. Contemporary anarcho-punk and hardcore politics often engage with gender politics in a way that demonstrates congruence between understandings of power and authority in poststructuralist accounts of gender and the anti-authoritarian or autonomous politics of this anarchism. The congruence is reflected in the domains considered to be 'political', in the way the term 'power' is understood, as well as in the modes of political action and 'resistance' considered effective. I suggest that DIY anarcho-punk shares with poststructuralism a productive notion of power, specifically in terms of gender, that resonates with the Butlerian notion of gender as a process or performative. Further, I explain that intervention is undertaken at discursive levels, resonating with poststructuralist assertions of the discursive productivity of power.

Nursey-Bray, Paul (2003). "Anarchism and Poststructuralism."

Ojeili, Chamsy (2001). "The 'Advance Without Authority': Post-modernism, Libertarian Socialism and Intellectuals." Democracy & Nature 7.3: 391-414.

- - - (2002). Review of Saul Newman, From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power. Thesis Eleven 69: 122.

- - - (2005). From Left Communism to Post-Modernism: Reconsidering Emancipatory Discourse. Maryland: University Press of America.

- - - (2002). "Post-modernism, the Return to Ethics, and the Crisis of Socialist Values." Democracy & Nature 8.3: 397-421.

Robinson, Andrew (2005) 'The Political Theory of Constitutive Lack: A Critique' Theory & Event Volume 8, Issue 1. <--A critique of a number of Lacanian positions in political theory, including Saul Newman's, from an anarchist position influenced by Wilhelm Reich.

Shively, Charles (1979). Review of Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality Volume I: An Introduction. Black Rose 2: 48-52. <--See also Jason Adams's review of Shively's review at .

Simpson, Julia (1994). "Archaeology and Politicism: Foucault’s Epistemic Anarchism." Man and World 27.1: 23-35.

Smith, Caleb (2004). "Solitude and Freedom: A Response to Saul Newman on Stirner and Foucault." Postmodern Culture 14.3. <--Reply to Newman, "Stirner and Foucault: Toward a Post-Kantian Freedom" (above)

Vaccaro, Salvo, ed. (2008). Post-Anarchismo: Una Introduzione. Supplemento Bollettino dell'Archivio G. Pinelli 31. Milano: Centro Studi Libertari/Archivio Giuseppe Pinelli.

Widmer, Kingsley (1996). Widmer, Kingsley. "Notes on Some Recent Anarchisms." Social Anarchism 21: 88-97. <-- Review of several books, including Todd May, The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism.


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