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Anarchist theory and practice in a global age

This book attempts to convey the different sociological contexts for how contemporary anarchist theory and practice is to be understood. It concentrates on the issue of broadening the parameters of how anarchist theory and practice is conceptualized. The book compares the major philosophical differences and strategies between the classical period (what Dave Morland calls 'social anarchism') and the contemporary anti-capitalist movements which he regards as being poststructuralist in nature. It also documents the emergence of the now highly influential anti-technological and anti-civilisational strand in anarchist thought. This offers something of a challenge to anarchism as a political philosophy of the Enlightenment, as well as to other contemporary versions of ecological anarchism and, to some extent, anarcho-communism. The book further provides a snapshot of a number of debates and critical positions which inform contemporary anarchist practice. The specific areas covered offer unique perspectives on sexuality, education, addiction and mental health aspects of socialisation and how this can be challenged at a number of different levels. The fact that anarchism has largely premised its critique on a psychological dimension to power relations, not just a material one, has been an advantage in this respect. Ecological anarchism, which has been the driving force behind much contemporary anarchist theory and practice, has been committed to thinking about the relationships between people and 'nature' in new ways.

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Part 1I Doing The following four chapters provide a snapshot of a number of debates and critical positions which inform contemporary anarchist practice. The specific areas covered offer unique perspectives on aspects of socialisation – sexuality, education, addiction and mental health – and how this can be challenged at a number of different levels. Each of the contributors comes from a specialist professional or activist background (rather than an established academic one), and to varying degrees the chapters bear out points made in Part I, ‘Thinking’ regarding

in Changing anarchism

but not exclusively in Latin America. It is sustained by the myth of drug addiction and searches for ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’ that belie the fact that it is our everyday conditions of living which is the problem. Different governments, many of which have actively ignored the plight of millions of those caught up in the Drug War, such as HIV sufferers, fight the War on Drugs on many fronts. These governments increasingly choose surveillance strategies to police the bodies and minds of their populations. In the post-11 September 2001 political climate, the

in Changing anarchism

addiction, a development that influenced neuromolecular constructions of a pre-morbid Parkinson's patient personality. 49 In line with modern preoccupations with ‘personality types’ as determinants of chronic disease, psychobiologists have characterised Parkinson's patients as possessing distinctive personality traits of industriousness, seriousness and inflexibility. 50 Cloninger's tridimensional character framework has rescripted

in Balancing the self
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The economy of unromantic solidarity

. He repeated himself, “Don’t feel bad. It’s good to have feelings. Feelings are healthy.” In the last squat I resided, Morris was a frequent visitor. Despite our moment of connection during the drama of the night raid, I felt concerned about having Morris spend time in my house where my possessions lay unlocked in my room. I asked my housemate, Marie, who had been in the scene for over ten years, about Morris. She explained that Morris’s adult life encompassed cycles of heroin addiction and recovery. Once

in The autonomous life?

mainstream. What follows is no more than a small and rather idiosyncratic selection drawing heavily on earlier (joint) surveys by this author: Cowan et al. (1997, 1998), Swann (1999). The papers collected in Becker (1996) show how far one of the leading economists in this field has moved beyond the narrow modern mainstream of section one. Half his papers in that collection are concerned with personal consumption capital, or routine and habit; the rest are concerned with social capital, or consumption as a social activity. The former describe a theory of rational addiction

in Innovation by demand
The quest for the right to science

the drug causes its characteristic hallucinogenic effects. In an interview with Nature Nutt explained that his study revealed how LSD might ultimately be therapeutically useful, reminding us how in the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of people took LSD to cure alcoholism. A retrospective analysis of some of those studies in 2012 suggested that the drug helped recovery from alcohol addiction. Since the 1970s there have been several research studies of LSD in animals, but not in humans, and Nutt argued that it was important to validate the trial of this drug as a potential

in The freedom of scientific research
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addiction and to protect vulnerable members of society from exploitation (in the form of being caught in the net of illicit drug trafficking), still deprives society of important goods. Prohibition of narcotics has had as a by-product a comprehensive limitation on science, outlawing or heavily obstructing the medical use of illicit plants and substances, and research into their effects and potential. This approach has a number of consequences: one is that research on narcotics is inadvertently in this way ‘handed over’ to organised crime, which is more and more able to

in The freedom of scientific research
Alcohol health education campaigns in England

40 per million by 1970. 19 Alcohol clearly posed a danger to public health, but it was not the established authorities and institutions in public health policy-making and practice that pushed alcohol onto the public health agenda. Instead, a distinct ‘alcohol policy network’, made up of doctors and researchers who specialised in alcohol and addictions, voluntary organisations and sympathetic civil servants, was instrumental in getting the government to take alcohol issues seriously. 20

in Balancing the self
Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication

. 38 A. C. Burns , P. L. Gillett , M. Rubinstein and J. Gentry , ‘ An Exploratory Study of Lottery Playing, Gambling Addiction and Links to Compulsive Consumption ’, Advances in Consumer Research , 17 ( 1990 ), p. 298 . 39 S. Wolfson and P. Briggs

in Global humanitarianism and media culture