Taming all Challengers: Academically and Philosophically Situating Anarchist Sociology in North America

Anarchist Studies - ISSN 2633-8270
Volume 30 Number 1 (2022)

Taming all Challengers: Academically and Philosophically Situating Anarchist Sociology in North America
Dana M. Williams, pages 30-57
DOI: 10.3898/AS.30.1.02

Abstract

Anarchism’s formal influence upon the discipline of sociology has been negligible. To understand why, this paper begins by considering the impact of two other movements – Marxism and feminism – within sociology. Notably, the nature of academia and scholarly disciplines, anarchism’s shortcomings, and the deliberate exclusion of anarchist voices all appear to have likely influenced anarchism’s limited presence in sociology. There have been numerous other ideological sub-variants and traditions – including applied, critical, humanist, liberation, and public sociologies – that have grown within the discipline. Each of these is analysed for their compatibility with anarchism. Finally, due to the lack of an already-existing anarchist-sociology tradition, the broad outlines of such an orientation and praxis are sketched-out, paying attention to issues of scope, purpose, and practice.

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To cite this article
Dana M. Williams (2022) Taming all Challengers: Academically and Philosophically Situating Anarchist Sociology in North America, Anarchist Studies, 30(1), 30-57. https://doi.org/10.3898/AS.30.1.02

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