Sociology

Lombroso’s Anarchy Problem

[by Jeff Shantz, Fall 2014, as appeared in the Simply Criminology blog]

Anarchy & Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology

Anarchy & Society COVER IMAGE Hardcover now available (Nov. 2013) ISBN13: 9789004214965

Hardcover, Brill: http://www.brill.com/anarchy-society;

Paperback, Haymarket Books (November 2014):
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Anarchy-and-Society

Jeff Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Dana M. Williams, Valdosta State University, GA

Anarchy & Society explores the many ways in which the discipline of Sociology and the philosophy of anarchism are compatible. The book constructs possible parameters for a future ‘anarchist sociology’, by a sociological exposition of major anarchist thinkers (including Kropotkin, Proudhon, Landauer, Goldman, and Ward), as well as an anarchist interrogation of key sociological concepts (including social norms, inequality, and social movements). Sociology and anarchism share many common interests—although often interpreting each in divergent ways—including community, solidarity, feminism, crime and restorative justice, and social domination. The synthesis proposed by Anarchy & Society is reflexive, critical, and strongly anchored in both traditions.

Crime, Punishment, Power: Sociological Explanations

NOW AVAILABLE from Kendall Hunt Publishing,
a sociological explanations of crime textbook...

ISBN: 978-0-7575-9791-6
[for further previews/pdf's contact the author, above.]

Radical Ecology & Class Struggle, a reconsideration

This was an essay from several years back, which was laid out in a short zine format by Zabalaza Books, in South Africa. Below, find an 'ebook preview' of a longer version with full bibliographical references, as published in Critical Sociology, Vol.30, Issue 3, 2004.

Defining an Anarchist-Sociology: A Long Anticipated Marriage

New issue of the journal Theory in Action available today, includes this article by Dana M. Williams and Jeff Shantz...

ABSTRACT: There is no established intellectual tradition of an “anarchist- sociology”—yet. A vibrant synthesis of anarchism and sociology has yet to be generated, whether that synthesis would be mere subject matter or a subfield within Sociology, or if it were an established ideology or theoretical tradition. Here, we compare these two distinct traditions, with an eye towards potential overlap. A definition for anarchist-sociology rooted in praxis—a critique of society and a transformative vision of societies—is created. As anarchism has a strong—yet unfocused—sociological theme already, we focus on anarchizing the discipline of Sociology in-line with core anarchist values, namely freedom, anti-authoritarianism, direct action, mutual aid, and decentralization.

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