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Anarchism & Sexuality

Ethics, Relationships and Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Jamie Heckert, Richard Cleminson


256 pages

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Anarchism & Sexuality aims to bring the rich and diverse traditions of anarchist thought and practice into contact with contemporary questions about the politics and lived experience of sexuality. Both in style and in content, it is conceived as a book that aims to question, subvert and overflow authoritarian divisions between the personal and political; between sexual desires categorised as heterosexual or homosexual; between seemingly mutually exclusive activism and scholarship; between forms of expression such as poetry and prose; and between disciplinary categories of knowledge. Anarchism & Sexuality seeks to achieve this by suggesting connections between ethics, relationships and power, three themes that run throughout. The key objectives of the book are: to bring fresh anarchist perspectives to debates around sexuality; to make a queer and feminist intervention within the most recent wave of anarchist scholarship; and to make a queerly anarchist contribution to social justice literature, policy and practice. By mingling prose and poetry, theory and autobiography, it constitutes a gathering place to explore the interplay between sexual and social transformation.This book will be of use to those interested in anarchist movements, cultural studies, critical legal theory, gender studies, and queer and sexuality studies.


"I feel in reading some of these pieces that the participants have invested a lot of themselves in their contributions. There is an immediacy and liveliness in a lot of these pages. The personal investment on the part of the authors helps make it so that there is much to relate to in Anarchism and Sexuality, on both an intellectual level and an emotional level."

Michael Larson, M.A. Instructor at Point Park University, Pittsburgh, writing for Metapsychology

"This is the book I have been waiting for—the book I want to give my students, share with friends, and draw from in my own work. It makes me grateful for my training in feminist theory, and ever more committed to using anarchy as a basis for sexual politics."

Breanne Fahs, Ph.D., Arizona State University

"Anarchism & Sexuality is a brave and rewarding contribution to the field of inquiry of sexuality and emotions." Elena Lindholm Narváez (2011): A Post-anarchist Momentum, NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, DOI:10.1080/08038740.2011.646446

Table of Contents

Preface, Judy Greenway 1. Ethics, Relationships & Power: An Introduction, Jamie Heckert & Richard Cleminson 2. Alexander Berkman: Sexual Dissidence in the First Wave Anarchist Movement and Its Subsequent Narratives, Jenny Alexander 3. Nobody Knows What an Insurgent Body Can Do: Questions for Affective Resistance, Stevphen Shukaitis. Poetic Interlude I, Helen Moore 4. Postanarchism and the Contrasexual Practices of the Cyborg in Dildotopia or ‘The War on the Phallus’, Lena Eckert 5. On Anarchism: An Interview with Judith Butler, Jamie Heckert. Poetic Interlude II, Tom Leonard 6. Love and Revolution in Le Guin’s Four Ways to Forgiveness, Laurence Davis 7. Structures of Desire: Postanarchist Kink in the Speculative Fiction of Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany, Lewis Call 8. Fantasies of an Anarchist Sex Educator, Jamie Heckert. Poetic Interlude III,J. Fergus Evans & Helen Moore 9. Sexuality Issues in the Czech Anarchist Movement, Marta Kolářová 10. Amateurism and Anarchism in the Creation of Autonomous Queer Spaces, Gavin Brown. Afterword: On the Phenomenology of Fishbowls, Kristina Nell Weaver

About the Editors

Jamie Heckert is a founding member of the Anarchist Studies Network. His writings on identity, ethics, non-monogamy, post-anarchism and ecology have appeared in a variety of activist and scholarly publications

Richard Cleminson is Reader in the History of Sexuality at the University of Leeds and Associate Editor of Anarchist Studies. His research centres on the history of sexuality in Spain and he has published on anarchism and sexuality, the history of male homosexuality and hermaphroditism.

About the Series

Social Justice

Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.

Foregrounding struggle, imagined alternatives and the embedding of new norms, the Social Justice series welcomes books which critically and normatively address the values underpinning new social politics, everyday forms of embodied practice, new dissident knowledges, and struggles to institutionalise change. In particular, the series seeks to explore state and non-state forms of organisation, analysing the different pathways through which social justice projects are put into practice, and the contests their practice generates. More generally, submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

• The changing politics of equality and social justice

• The establishment of alternative, organised sites and networks through which social and political experimentation take place

• The phenomenology of power, inequality and changing social relations

• Techniques of governance through which social change and equality agendas are advanced and institutionalised across different geographic scales

• Institutionalisation of new norms (through official and unofficial forms of institutionalisation) and struggles over them

• Practices of resistance, reversal, counter-hegemony and anti-normativity

• Changing values, practices, and the ways in which relations of inequality and difference are understood

Social Justice is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics and cultural studies. The series welcomes proposals that advance theoretical discussion about social justice, power, institutions, grass-roots practice and values/ ethics. Seeking to develop new conversations across different disciplines and fields, and working with wide-ranging methodologies, Social Justice seeks contributions that are open, engaging, and which speak to a wide, diverse academic audience across all areas of the law, social sciences and humanities.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Davina Cooper, Kings College London, WC2R 2LS, UK
[email protected]

Sarah Lamble, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
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Sarah Keenan, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Gender & the Law
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies