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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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Returning to Geography’s Radical Roots

Returning to Geography’s Radical Roots

(p.65) 3 Returning to Geography’s Radical Roots
The Anarchist Roots of Geography

Simon Springer

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter questions how radical geographers have been preoccupied with Marxism for four decades, largely ignoring earlier anarchist traditions that thrived a century before radical geography was claimed as Marxist in the 1970s. It deals with anarchism’s relationship to other social ideologies, specifically Marxism, but also such movements as neoliberalism and feminism. Anarchism has always been willfully excluded from its places in the socialist movement, and this is to the benefit of the Marxian perspective, as it presents their ideology as the only serious anticapitalist option. Anarchism, at its core, is not synonymous with chaos and collapse, nor is it opposed to organization. At its truth, it is about actively reinventing the everyday though a desire to create new forms of non-hierarchical organizations.

Keywords:   Anarchism, Marxism, Ideological conflict, Geography, Ideological geography, Marxist analysis, State centricity, Monopolies, Revolution

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