Anarchism/Anti-State

People Without Government: An Anthropology of Anarchy

Harold Barclay’s classic work in anarchist anthropology.

Preface by Alex Comfort

Introduction

I. On the Nature of Anarchy

On anarchy and anarchism

Social order and authority

Social sanctions

Government and the state

Conclusion

II. Some Observations on Procedure

III. Anarchy among Hunter-Gatherers

Inuit

San

Pygmies

Australian hunters and foragers

Other hunter-gatherers

The Yurok

Northwest Coast Indians

Bibliographic note

IV. Anarchist Gardeners

Sub-Saharan Africa

Lugbara

Konkomba

Tiv

The Plateau Tonga

Two marginal cases: Anuak and Ibo

Ibo

New Guinea

The Ifugao

The Land Dayaks

South American Indians

Bibliographic note

V. Anarchist Herders

The Nuer

Egalitarianism and cattle pastoralism

The Samek or Lapps

Bibliographic note

VI. Anarchy in Agricultural Societies

Imazighen or Berbers

The Santals

The medieval free city

Fascist corporatism, syndicalism and the medieval commune

Anabaptists and anarchy

Bibliographic note

VII. Anarchy in the Modern World

The Spanish Revolution

The anarchist intentional community

Bibliographic note

VIII. Do Anarchist Polities have a Message?

Cultural florescence and anarchy

Techniques for maintaining order

Group decision-making

Types of leaders in anarchic polities

On the origins of the state

Does anarchy have a future or is history a one way street?

Bibliography

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