Postanarchism and space: Revolutionary fantasies and autonomous zones

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Newman, Saul (2011)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Subject: L210 | K430

In this paper, I call for a re-consideration of anarchism and its alternative ways of conceptualising\ud spaces for radical politics. Here I apply a Lacanian analysis of the social imaginary to explore the utopian fantasies and desires that underpin social spaces, discourses and practices – including planning, and revolutionary politics. I will go on to develop – via Castoriadis and others – a distinctly post-anarchist conception of political space based around the project of autonomy and the re-situation of the political space outside the state. This will have direct consequences for an alternative conception of planning practice and theory.
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