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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 understanding of the world and our place in it. Anthony Ince and Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre challenge this logic as the central 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 inspired by anarchist thought and practice. The book also draws on a broad range of voices that hold affinities with Western anarchism but also exceed it.

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 state’s operational logics and rationalities, the authors incorporate a variety of threads to build a picture of an alternative way of understanding and challenging statism’s effects on our spatial and political imaginations.

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.

Product Details ISBN: 9780745341248
ISBN-10: 0745341241
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: May 20th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Radical Geography
'This is an accessible, expansive, and beautifully written intervention in critical social theory. It will spur readers, novice and adept, to reconsider the 'silent statism' in prevailing ways of knowing our shared world.'
Alex Prichard, University of Exeter

'Society Despite the State asks why the state endures. Ince and de la Torre's probing, panoramic analysis accentuates its pull on our imaginations, its operational logics and ordering practices while also brilliantly modelling creative pathways into critical pedagogies and methodologies.'
Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University