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Colin Ward’s Sociological Anarchy

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Colin Ward may be one of the few anarchist writers to have a larger readership outside of anarchist circles than within them. This is a testament both to his writing and to the rhetorical preferences of contemporary anarchist readers especially at a time when highly abstract and theoretical post-modern/anarchist hybrids have provided some footing for academic anarchists and their publishers. Ward described his approach to anarchism as one that is based on actual experiences or practical examples rather than theories or hypotheses. One of the major contributions of the journal Anarchy, under Ward's editorship was to take anarchist writing from the status of fringe or marginal commentary and to encourage a broader audience to take anarchist ideas on a variety of topics seriously. Ward's anarchist-sociology can serve as a wise sign-post for both anarchists and sociologists alike, to appreciate what is of greatest importance.

Keywords: Colin Ward; sociological anarchy



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