Dana M. Williams
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Anarchists of the world, unite! A meso-structural analysis
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This chapter explores organizational-level data sources featuring international anarchist organizations. Using the Anarchist Yellow Pages (AYP) directory and the International Blacklist (IBL), it offers a systematic description of the types of organizations that comprise the contemporary anarchist movement, as well as its international geographic patterns. The chapter provides an initial descriptive and analytical account of the geographic clustering of types of anarchist organizations. Anarchist organizations are often small by design, prefer decentralized action, and are disconnected from the power structures that corporations use to control their environments. The concentrations of anarchist organizations found in the AYP suggest that the movement tends to be strongly European-centered. The chapter suggests that the information that the AYP provides on anarchist organizations allows us to at least establish a baseline for discussion. The discussion is about the larger social forces that shape the distribution of organizational forms in the anarchist movement throughout the world.

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