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The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism

  • Carl Levy
  • Matthew S. Adams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Carl Levy, Matthew S. Adams
    Pages 1-23
  3. Core Problems/Problématiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Nathan J. Jun
      Pages 27-45
    3. Laurence Davis
      Pages 47-69
    4. Alex Prichard
      Pages 71-89
    5. Carl Levy
      Pages 125-148
    6. Ole Birk Laursen
      Pages 149-167
    7. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Lara Apps
      Pages 169-192
    8. Elliot Murphy
      Pages 193-209
  4. Core Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Shawn P. Wilbur
      Pages 213-224
    3. Peter Ryley
      Pages 225-236
    4. Davide Turcato
      Pages 237-247
    5. Lucien van der Walt
      Pages 249-263
    6. Donna M. Kowal
      Pages 265-279
    7. Andy Price
      Pages 281-291
    8. Saul Newman
      Pages 293-303

About this book


This handbook unites leading scholars from around the world in exploring anarchism as a political ideology, from an examination of its core principles, an analysis of its history, and an assessment of its contribution to the struggles that face humanity today. Grounded in a conceptual and historical approach, each entry charts what is distinctive about the anarchist response to particular intellectual, political, cultural and social phenomena, and considers how these values have changed over time. At its heart is a sustained process of conceptual definition and an extended examination of the core claims of this frequently misunderstood political tradition. It is the definitive scholarly reference work on anarchism as a political ideology, and should be a crucial text for scholars, students, and activists alike.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carl Levy
    • 1
  • Matthew S. Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Politics and International Relations GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Politics, History and International RelationsLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Carl Levy is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. He is the author of eleven single-authored and edited books and over 75 journal articles and chapters in edited books.

Matthew S. Adams is Lecturer in Politics, History and Communication at Loughborough University, UK. His first book focused on the work of Peter Kropotkin and Herbert Read, and examined their efforts to articulate a distinctive anarchist politics. He has published on parallel themes in a number of intellectual history and history of political thought journals.

Bibliographic information


“This resource provides a thorough account of anarchist history and ideas. … This exceptional book makes an important contribution to the study of this topic. Essays could be assigned to students in various disciplines including history, political science, environmental studies, and women’s studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (E. S. Danowitz, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)​