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Author Clark, John P., 1945-

Title The impossible community : realizing communitarian anarchism / John P. Clark
Published New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 313 pages)
Series Contemporary anarchist studies
Contemporary anarchist studies.
Contents Cover; HalfTitle; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction:; Free community as the concrete universal; In the midst of crisis; Grounds for hope; Anarchy, solidarity, and legitimacy; The universal particular and the dialectic of modernity; Contemporary anarchist theory: Bridging the gap; In defense of dialectic; The structure of this work; 2 Critique of the Gotham Program:; 3 The third concept of liberty:; The senses of freedom; Abstract freedom; Freedom as self-determination; Agency and critical reason; Recognition and nondomination
6 The microecology of community:The problem of political culture; The microecology of community; Toward a community of communities; The resurgence of the affinity group; The experience of base communities; Ecocommunity or barbarism?; 7 Bridging the unbridgeable chasm:; Individual and society in anarchist thought; The political discourse of freedom and autonomy; Bookchin on classical individualist anarchism; Lifestyle anarchism as the new individualism; On consensus as disguised egoism; The role of affinity groups and primary communities; 8 Disaster anarchism
Reclusian reflections on an unnatural disasterFacing the future; 9 The common good:; The Sarvodaya Movement in India; The Sarvodaya Shramadana movement in Sri Lanka; 10 Beyond the limits of the city:; Democracy, ecology, and community; Citizenship and self-identity; The "agent of history"; The municipality as ground of social being; The social and the political; Paideia and civic virtue; The municipalist program; Beyond the fetishism of assemblies; Municipal economics; The confederative principle; Municipalizing nature?; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Reconciling universality and particularityThe state and the problem of agency; A noncoercive state?; The kingdom of God was within Hegel; The free community; The community of communities; Politics and spirit; 4 Against principalities and powers:; The system of domination; Domination in contemporary liberal theory; 5 Anarchy and the dialectic of utopia:; The origins of utopia; Utopia as domination; Utopia as elitism; Utopia as escapism; Utopia as critique; Utopia of desire; The presence of utopia; Hyper(topian) text; Utopia in history; The end of utopia; The return to nowhere
Summary The Impossible Community confronts a critical moment when social and ecological catastrophe loom, the Left seems unable to articulate a response, and the Right is monopolizing public debates. This book offers a reformulation of anarchist social and political theory to develop a communitarian anarchist solution. It argues that a free and just social order requires a radical transformation of the modes of domination exercised through social ideology and institutional structures. Communitarian anarchism unites a universalist concern for social and ecological justice while recognizing the integrit
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Anarchism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441142258
1441154515 (electronic bk.)
9781441154514 (electronic bk.)