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Beyond primitivism: Towards a twenty-first century anarchist theory and praxis for science and technology

Thorpe, Charles and Welsh, Ian 2008. Beyond primitivism: Towards a twenty-first century anarchist theory and praxis for science and technology. Anarchist Studies 16 (1) , pp. 48-75.

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Abstract

The authoritarian and ecologically destructive juggernaut of state-supported big science and technology in the twentieth century understandably fostered a deep pessimism and suspicion towards science and technology among many in the green, anarchist, and libertarian left milieu. This reaction has been crystallized in the “anti-civilization” primitivist anarchism of John Zerzan. In opposition to this drift towards primitivism, this paper argues that a vision of a liberatory and participative science and technology was an essential element of classical anarchism and that this vision remains vital to the development of liberatory political theory and praxis today. The paper suggests that an anarchist model of science and technology is implicit in the knowledge-producing and organizing activities of new social movements and is exemplified in recent developments in world, regional, and local social forums.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Publisher: Anarkismo
ISSN: 0967-3393
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:41
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/24875

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