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Mapping the landscape between pacifism and anarchism: accusations, rejoinders, and mutual resonances

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posted on 2024-06-17, 13:22 authored by Alexandre ChristoyannopoulosAlexandre Christoyannopoulos

Pacifism and anarchism share some territory and have cross-pollinated across historical contexts, but are also distinct traditions and movements, with voices in each holding serious reservations and criticisms of the other. Identifying and critically discussing these reservations helps correct widespread misunderstandings in the scholarship and the wider public, thereby also presenting arguments for those outside either tradition to reevaluate their own assumptions and analyses. Anarchist qualms about pacifism and nonviolence include: disputes about the effectiveness of nonviolence; a distrust of the origins and compromises of pacifism and nonviolence; and complaints about the censoring effects of nonviolence in social movements. Pacifist qualms about anarchism include: its support for violence; and its radicality. Each accusation is nuanced or countered with arguments grounded in the indicted tradition. Shared concerns and mutually resonating themes that emerge in the process include: critiques of state violence, militarism and structural violence; and arguments about means as ends-in-the-making. 

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • International Relations, Politics and History

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The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

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SAGE Publications

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author(s)

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This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Acceptance date

2024-05-07

Publication date

2024-06-09

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

1369-1481

eISSN

1467-856X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos. Deposit date: 7 May 2024

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