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The Making of Kropotkin's Anarchist Thought
Disease, Degeneration, Health and the Bio-political Dimension




ISBN 9781138365650
Published October 8, 2020 by Routledge
154 Pages

 
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This book argues that the Russian thinker Petr Kropotkin’s anarchism was a bio-political revolutionary project. It shows how Kropotkin drew on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European and Russian bio-social-medical scientific thought to the extent that ideas about health, sickness, insanity, degeneration, and hygiene were for him not metaphors but rather key political concerns. It goes on to discuss how for Kropotkin's bio-political anarchism, the state, capitalism, and revolution were medical concerns whose effects on the individual and society were measurable by social statistics and explainable by bio-social-medical knowledge. Overall, the book provides a refreshing, innovative approach to understanding Kropotkin’s anarchism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                                  


Introduction


Part I: Knowledge and methods

1. Forms of knowledge

2. Mapping, statistics, and social law


Part II: Diagnoses and remedies

3. The state

4. Capitalism and the bourgeoisie

5. Revolution


Postscript: the ambivalence of Kropotkin’s anarchist thought

 

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Biography

Richard Morgan completed his doctorate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.