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Book Launch: Anarchism An Art of Living Without Law (Routledge, 2022) by Elena Loizidou

Venue: Birkbeck Central


Saul Newman, Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Politics, and International Relations at Goldsmiths College. Professor Saul Newman is the author of numerous books including Political Theology: a Critical Introduction (Polity, 2018) Postanarchism (Polity, 2015) ; Dr Yoriko Otomo, Director of the Global Research Network. Dr Otomo is the author of Unconditional Life: The Postwar International Law Settlement (Oxford, 2016) and the editor of two books Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of our Primary Food (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Law and the Question of the Animal (Routledge, 2014); Dr Christos Marneros, is a Lecturer in Law at Lincoln Law School. Dr Marneros is the author of Human Rights after Deleuze: Towards an An-archic Jurisprudence (Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury, 2022

Description of the Book: In contrast to the extensive contemporary literature about anarchist politics and ideas, this book focuses on the practices and attitudes that constitute what the author refers to as an anarchist ‘art of life’. The book draws on archival material that records the life and actions of the anarchist Emma Goldman and her associates, legal documents and writings by classical (Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Peter Krotopkin) and contemporary anarchists (David Graeber, Saul Newman, Ciarra Bottici), as well as contemporary groups such as the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and Occupy Wall Street. By studying the idiosyncrasies of this art of life, it argues, we are better able to appreciate how anarchism is not some future utopian oriented project, waiting to come into existence after a revolution, but rather exists in parallel to the life and politics offered by the State.

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