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An Anarchist View of Stratification, Inequality, and Domination

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This chapter borrows both sociological and anarchist definitions of "inequality" and "domination". It relies heavily upon the anarchist assumption that domination precedes and results in inequality, and that domination is a far broader phenomenon than usually presumed. The chapter draws upon anarchist and sociological ideas about inequality and domination, with the goal of finding common ground and an agreeable synthesis. It explores sociology and anarchism's common interests in inequality and domination, and formulates a contemporary, sociologically informed anarchist theory of these phenomena. The chapter considers anarchist contributions to understanding inequality and domination, as well as some of the more anarchistic ideas offered by sociologists. Based upon these two parallel threads, it proposes some general observations that one can serve as the foundation for a future "grand theory of domination". The author applies these propositions to three major subjects of scholarly study on inequality: class, gender, and race.

Keywords: anarchism; domination; inequality; sociological ideas



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