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The Anarchist Roots of Geography By Simon Springer

The Anarchist Roots of Geography by Simon Springer

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The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation by Simon Springer

The Anarchist Roots of Geography sets the stage for a radical politics of possibility and freedom through a discussion of the insurrectionary geographies that suffuse our daily experiences. By embracing anarchist geographies as kaleidoscopic spatialities that allow for nonhierarchical connections between autonomous entities, Simon Springer configures a new political imagination.

Experimentation in and through space is the story of humanity's place on the planet, and the stasis and control that now supersede ongoing organizing experiments are an affront to our survival. Singular ontological modes that favor one particular way of doing things disavow geography by failing to understand the spatial as a mutable assemblage intimately bound to temporality. Even worse, such stagnant ideas often align to the parochial interests of an elite minority and thereby threaten to be our collective undoing. What is needed is the development of new relationships with our world and, crucially, with each other.

By infusing our geographies with anarchism we unleash a spirit of rebellion that foregoes a politics of waiting for change to come at the behest of elected leaders and instead engages new possibilities of mutual aid through direct action now. We can no longer accept the decaying, archaic geographies of hierarchy that chain us to statism, capitalism, gender domination, racial oppression, and imperialism. We must reorient geographical thinking towards anarchist horizons of possibility. Geography must become beautiful, wherein the entirety of its embrace is aligned to emancipation.

The Anarchist Roots of Geography Reviews

"Springer urges the reader to address all aspects of modern life with a critical faculty that can draw out radical potentials for universal freedom and equality."-Earth First!

"Anyone who wants evidence that anarchist geography is alive and well today need only read this book."-Fifth Estate

"Springer's book might therefore represent a coming of age for anarchist geography."-The AAG Review of Books

"It is Springer's enlightened capacity to identify various interpretations of spatial realities that move this anarchist modality from an alternative view to front and centre. Springer has given us much food for thought about an approach in deconstructing the status quo. Optimism thrives in his words, and seeks to inspire a new generation of geographers."-The Canadian Geographer

"Inclusive, creative and vibrant."-Geopolitics

"The Anarchist Roots of Geography provides many compelling insights."-Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

"This book is an important intervention into current theoretical discussions around the importance of anarchism within academia and life, and in challenging dominant conceptions of public and private space."-Trespass

About Simon Springer

Simon Springer is associate professor in the department of geography at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is the author of Violent Neoliberalism: Development, Discourse and Dispossession in Cambodia, Cambodia's Neoliberal Order: Violence, Authoritarianism, and the Contestation of Public Space, and The Discourse of Neoliberalism: An Anatomy of A Powerful Idea.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Becoming Beautiful: To Make the Colossus Tremble
1. A Brief Genealogy of Anarchist Geographies
2. What Geography Still Ought to Be
3. Returning to Geography's Radical Roots
4. Emancipatory Space
5. Integral Anarchism
6. The Anarchist Horizon

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The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation by Simon Springer
University of Minnesota Press
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