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Postscript: Anarchists in the Academy

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Chapter Summary

Anarchist academic and anthropologist David Graeber devotes the first section of his book Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology to his attempt to answer the question, "Why are there so few anarchists in the academy?" Despite the blossoming of anarchist thought and practice, Graeber is perplexed that this flowering of anarchism has found little reflection in the academy. In terms of social theory, one would suggest that the work done by theorists such as Paul Goodman, Colin Ward, Murray Bookchin, and Howard Ehrlich people who may have been trained in universities but who have consistently offered complex analyses in engaging and accessible terms offer more for anarchist movements "on the ground". This is the case both in terms of the applicability of their analyses and in terms of the issues and concerns that they devote their attention to.

Keywords: anarchist movements; Colin Ward; David Graeber; Howard Ehrlich; Murray Bookchin; Paul Goodman



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