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Anarchists as individuals
A micro-structural analysis
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This chapter attempts to provide new insights into individual participants in anarchist movements. It explores the socio-demographics, identities, and behaviors, actions, and experiences of anarchists. The chapter provides a brief overview of past anarchist movements, which were strongly rooted in working-class and intellectual communities, prioritized a certain political focus, and worked through a variety of organizations. It further assesses anarchist participation within "old" social movement organizations of the past: labor unions. Social class has always been a central focus of anarchist movements, particularly due to anarchism's concern about the oppression of disadvantaged groups. It is clear that when anarchists identify specifically with an economic ideology they are more likely to belong to labor unions. There is a large and statistically significant difference between the percentage of economic anarchist union members and non-union members.

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A sociological analysis of movement anarchism


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