Overcoming the cosmopolitan/communitarian divide through anarchism: La Via Campesina and the principles of anarchism

Brincat, Shannon K. and Aylward, Leah (2010). Overcoming the cosmopolitan/communitarian divide through anarchism: La Via Campesina and the principles of anarchism. In: Rethinking anarchy : Anarchism and world politics. Research on Anarchism Forum, Bristol, United Kingdom, (1-46). 17-18 June 2010.

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Author Brincat, Shannon K.
Aylward, Leah
Title of paper Overcoming the cosmopolitan/communitarian divide through anarchism: La Via Campesina and the principles of anarchism
Conference name Research on Anarchism Forum
Conference location Bristol, United Kingdom
Conference dates 17-18 June 2010
Proceedings title Rethinking anarchy : Anarchism and world politics
Place of Publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher University of Bristol
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 46
Total pages 46
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The cosmopolitan and communitarian dualism has long been a dividing line in the field of IR theory. On the one hand, cosmopolitan arguments are beset by charges of domination under an unswerving universalism that is said to be washed over human plurality and diversity. On the other hand, communitarianism is consumed under the contradiction of a parochialism that seeks to reduce community and ethics to the local sphere alone. This false dualism, a necessary corollary of the dominant discourse of the "anarchy problematique‟ in IR theory, is an unwelcome distraction that corners the debate of human emancipation within definitional obscurity and the abstraction of an alleged perpetual antagonism between the universal and the local. In this article, it is argued that IR theory could circumvent this impasse by taking into account the key principles of anarchist philosophy ; mutualism and global confederalism without executive power. In support of this argument, the paper explores the contemporary social movement La Via Campesina and suggests that it uniquely reflects certain anarchistic modes of social organization Through such a form of organization the oppressed of the world can be united in their unique differences and joint desire for emancipation.
Keyword Anarchism
Cosmopolitanism and communitarianism
The anarchy problematique
Confederalism
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article # 5953

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