Conclusion: Postanarchism and Radical Politics Today

Saul Newman

in The Politics of Postanarchism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634958
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652846 | DOI:
Conclusion: Postanarchism and Radical Politics Today

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This chapter explores utopian moments of rupture and contestation as they emerge on the terrain of radical politics today, particularly in struggles against globalised capitalism. It argues that these diverse movements of resistance – indigenous groups, anti-capitalist networks, environmental activists, anti-war movements, and so on – are ultimately struggles for autonomy. They open up new political spaces, characterised by ‘anarchist’ forms of organisation, which are outside the ontological order of state sovereignty, even if they impose demands upon the state. Furthermore, they can also be seen as symptomatic of the current regime of ‘post-politics’ and its democratic deficit; in developing new, decentralised and non-authoritarian political practices and decision-making structures, these movements and struggles invoke a new ‘anarchic’ understanding of democracy that is no longer tied to the sovereign state order.

Keywords: radical politics; globalised capitalism; autonomy struggle; state sovereignty; state order; democracy

Chapter.  7781 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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