The Impossible Community Realizing Communitarian Anarchism

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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This volume 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 integrity and individuality of the person. In fact, anarchist principles of mutual aid and voluntary cooperation can already be seen in various contexts, from the rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina to social movements in India.This work offers both a theoretical framework and concrete case studies to show how contemporary anarchist practice continues a long tradition of successfully synthetizing personal and communal liberation. This significant contribution will appeal not only to students in anarchism and political theory, but also to activists and anyone interested in making the world a better place.

Author Biography

John P. Clark is Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions as well as Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Environmental Studies faculty at Loyola University New Orleans, USA. He is the author of over 20 books, including Max Stirner's Egoism; The Philosophical Anarchism of William Godwin; The Anarchist Moment: Reflections on Culture, Nature and Power; Renewing the Earth: The Promise of Social Ecology (editor).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: In Search of the Impossible Community / 2. Critique of the Gotham Program: From Libertarian Socialism to Communitarian Anarchism / 3. The Third Concept of Liberty: Theorizing the Free Community / 4. Anarchy and the Dialectic of Utopia: The Place of No Place / 5. The Microecology of Community: Toward a Theory of Grassroots Organization / 6. Bridging the Unbridgeable Chasm: Personal Transformation and Social Action in Anarchist Practice / 7. Disaster Anarchism: The Case of Hurricane Katrina / 8. The Common Good: Sarvodaya and the Gandhian Legacy / 9. Libertarian Municipalism: A Communitarian Anarchist Critique / Epilogue: The Promise of Communitarian Anarchism

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