Society Despite the State: Reimagining Geographies of Order (Radical Geography) (Paperback)
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The logic of the state has come to define social and spatial relations, embedding itself into our thinking on questions about nature, boundaries, authority, and identity. Authors Anthony Ince and Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre seek to challenge this logic as a pivot around which knowledge and life orbit, by exposing its vulnerabilities, contradictions, and, crucially, alternatives. Society Despite the State disrupts the dominance of state-centric modes of thinking by presenting a radical political geography framework that draws on anarchism and marginal voices. These voices have been resolute in their critiques of authority, state, and property. The book challenges radical scholars to confront and understand the state through a gaze and set of intellectual tools that the authors have termed 'post-statism'. In de-centering the singular, authoritative, and masculine voice through which the state 'speaks' and operates, the book deploys vignettes, counterfactual stories, and other materials to build a picture of an alternative way of understanding the state.
About the Author
Anthony Ince is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University. He has been active within radical movements for more than a decade. He primarily studies issues around human agency, and the capacity of people in different contexts to collectively self-manage the affairs of life. || Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. His research focuses on the political ecology of forest conservation, historical geography, post-statist geographies and participatory cartography.