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The Anarchist Roots of GeographyToward Spatial Emancipation$
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Simon Springer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697724

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697724.001.0001

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Becoming Beautiful

Becoming Beautiful

To Make the Colossus Tremble

(p.1) Introduction Becoming Beautiful
The Anarchist Roots of Geography

Simon Springer

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction begins the book with an argument that in order to shake off the chains of statistic, capitalistic, homophobic, racist, sexist, and imperialistic ideas, to ‘become beautiful’, a reorientation of geographical thinking must be directed toward an anarchist ideology. Singular ontological modes that favor one particular way of doing things disavows geography by failing to understand the spatial as an ongoing, mutable assemblage that is intimately bound to temporality. By infusing geography with anarchism, a spirit of rebellion can be realized that forgoes the politics of waiting for change to come at the behest of elected leaders and instead engages new possibilities of mutual aid through direct actions.

Keywords:   Anarchism, Critical geography, Freedom, Activism, Ideological criticism, Spatial ideology

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