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Introduction to social movements
Anarchism as a unique example
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This chapter introduces the essential characteristics of social movements and their sociological study. It also introduces the central issues relevant to the sociological study of anarchist movements. The chapter presents an overview of certain attributes of anarchism. Anarchist movements internally organize themselves without leadership or authority figures. A core prerequisite to studying anarchist movements is to distinguish between that which is actually anarchist and that which is not, as well as between what identifies an anarchist and what does not. By viewing anarchist movements as networks, it is possible to account for their flexibility, distribution, overlap, and fluidity. The chapter concludes by modeling the anti-anarchist counter-network, considering the various levels of analysis of anarchism that could be investigated, and describing the helpful comparisons worth making to better understand anarchist movements.

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Black flags and social movements

A sociological analysis of movement anarchism


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