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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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What Geography Still Ought to Be

What Geography Still Ought to Be

(p.43) 2 What Geography Still Ought to Be
The Anarchist Roots of Geography

Simon Springer

University of Minnesota Press

The second chapter establishes a manifesto for anarchist geographies, serving as a proverbial call to nonviolent arms for geographers and non-geographers who seek to put an end to the seemingly endless series of tragedies, misfortunes, and catastrophes that characterize the miasma and malevolence of the current neoliberal moment. While it may seem that anarchism supports violence, its position against the state, and in particular the monopolization, institutionalization, and codification of violence that such a spatial organization represents, would mean that anarchism, in fact, offers an alternative geographical imagination that refuses violent means. Anarchist geographies is instead a means of provoking a more liberationist framework that potentially breaks from both the discursive formation of neoliberalism and the limitations of Marxism in relation to contemporary struggles.

Keywords:   Anarchism, Anarchist geography, Neoliberal, Violence, Nonviolent protest, Ideological conflict, Marxism, Neoliberalism, Contemporary issues, Social ideology

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