Space is never a neutral 'stage' on which social actors play their roles, sometimes cooperating with each other, sometimes struggling against each other. Space has multiple and complex functions in the development of social relations, it is a reference for identity-building, a material condition for existence, and an instrument of power. This book explores the ways in which space has been used for resistance, especially in left-libertarian contexts. From the early anarchist organizing efforts in the 19th century to the contemporary social movements of the Mexican Zapatistas, the chapters examine a range of cases to illustrate both the limits and potentialities of utilizing space within anarchist practice. By theorizing the production of anarchist spaces, the book aims to foster new geographical imaginations that energetically cultivate alternative practices to challenge the status quo. It shows that spatial re-organization, spatial practices and spatial resources are also a basic condition for human emancipation, autonomy and freedom.
Introduction: Subverting the Meaning of 'Theory', Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Richard J. White, and Simon Springer / 1. 'Libertarian,' libertaire, libertario... Conceptual Construction and Cultural Diversity (and Vice-Versa) Marcelo Lopes de Souza / 2. Non-Domination, Governmentality and the Care of the Self, Nathan Eisenstadt / 3. Post-Statist Epistemology and the Future of Geographical Knowledge Production, Geronimo Barrera de la Torre and Anthony Ince / 4. What do we Resist when we Resist the State? Erin Araujo / 5. Towards a Theory of 'Commonization', Nick Clare and Victoria Habermehl / 6. 'Feuding Brothers'? Left-Libertarians, Marxists and Socio-Spatial Research at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century, Marcelo Lopes de Souza / 7. The Citizen and the Nomad: Bookchin and Bey on Space and Temporality, Benjamin J. Pauli / 8. Swimming against the Current: Towards an Anti-Colonial Anarchism in British Columbia, Canada, Vanessa Sloan Morgan / 9. Anarchy, Space, and Indigenous Resistance: Developing Anti-Colonial and Decolonizing Commitments in Anarchist Theory and Practice, Adam Gary Lewis / 10. Celebrating the Invasive: The Hidden Pleasures and Political Promise of the Unwanted, Nick Garside / Index / Notes on Contributors