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The possibilities of anarchist history: Rethinking the canon and writing history

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posted on 26.07.2016, 10:26 authored by Matthew AdamsMatthew Adams
While the study of anarchism has undergone a renaissance in recent years, historical scholarship has been a relatively minor aspect of this renewed focus. Presenting an historiographical examination of the main forms of writing on anarchist ideas, this article argues that the predominance of ‘canonistic’ approaches to anarchism is in part a consequence of the disciplinary dominance of political theory in the study of anarchism. Despite anarchism’s complex intellectual history, intellectual historians continue to overlook this rich political tradition. The article concludes by reflecting on the possibilities offered by an intellectual history of anarchism informed by recent methodological developments in cultural history. Not only does this allow us to see beyond the canon, but it also offers new insights on anarchism’s most influential thinkers.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies

Issue

1

Pages

33 - 63

Citation

ADAMS, M.S., 2013. The possibilities of anarchist history: Rethinking the canon and writing history. Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, (1), pp. 33-63.

Publisher

© The Authors. Published by ACDS

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Acceptance date

01/07/2013

Publication date

2013

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

ISSN

1923-5615

Language

en