Dana M. Williams
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Social capital in anarchist movements
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This chapter explores ideas from major social capital theorists, including Pierre Bourdieu and Robert Putnam, and considers the value of social capital for anarchist movements. It focuses on a number of issues and questions pertaining to trust. While the combination of trust and distrust may superficially appear to be contradictory or confused, from the vantage point of anarchist movements, it is very sensible and compatible with anarchist values and history. Therefore, these two sentiments are combined in the exploration of those who possess social and political trust. Among contemporary anarchist movements, social capital bonding and bridging takes a variety of forms. Strategies for fostering social capital bonding include creating more opportunities for social activities that take place outside of pure political action, and trying to enhance the respect and tolerance that participants have for each other. Social capital bridging requires the establishment and nurturing of connections between anarchists and non-anarchists.

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Black flags and social movements

A sociological analysis of movement anarchism


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