Franks, B. (2018) Prefiguration. In: Franks, B., Jun, N. and Williams, L. (eds.) Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach. Routledge, pp. 28-43. ISBN 9781138925656

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This chapter identifies the concept of ‘prefiguration’ and explains why it has been spatially and historically core to anarchist morphologies. It examines prefiguration, as the embodiment of particular constellations of norms and values embedded in - and structuring - diverse, evolving material practices. It also examines and responds to criticisms of prefiguration from determinist Marxists who argue that prefiguration is strategically weak, and from post-anarchists who argue that as prefiguration ties actions in the present to ultimate endpoints, it must be ultimately be a form of archē (generative first principle for social domination), and thus reasserting deterministic structures of governance. Instead the chapter argues that prefiguration identifies and extends the emancipatory cracks already existing and necessarily includes goal-plurality and the possibilities of transcendence.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:anarchism, Michael Freeden, ideology, morphology, prefiguration, practice
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Franks, Dr Benjamin
Authors: Franks, B.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies

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